NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Lagano on the pole in Las Vegas

Joey Logano will be on the poll for Sunday's Kobal 400 in Las Vegas

Joey Logano will be on the poll for Sunday’s Kobal 400 in Las Vegas

Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He had a great qualifying lap at a track-record 193.28 mph, and he’ll start on the front row next to teammate Brad Keselowski, who came in second at 193.099. It is a 1-2 for Team Penske Ford who rolled by the 1.5 mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway faster than any other team in the field.

Clint Bowyer finished third, with Austin Dillon in fourth and Jimmie Johnson in fifth.

NASCAR added the knockout system to up the interest in a dull weekly ritual, and it’s working. The teams are challenged by multiple chances to hit top speed. The drivers are both worried about the danger and excited by the challenge.

And fans seem quite intrigued, judging by the larger-than-normal crowd in the Speedway stands.

Defending champion Matt Kenseth finished way back in 29th place, failing to make it out of the first knockout round. Overall standings leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 14th, between Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kasey Kahneand Jeff Gordon.

The complete field:

Kobalt 400 starting lineup

Position Driver Manufacturer Speed
1) Joey Logano Ford 193.278
2) Brad Keselowski Ford 193.099
3) Clint Bowyer Toyota 192.713
4) Austin Dillon Chevrolet 192.678
5) Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 192.596
6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 192.596
7) Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 192.397
8) Aric Almirola Ford 192.335
9) Brian Vickers Toyota 192.26
10) Ryan Newman Chevrolet 191.939
11) Carl Edwards Ford 191.591
12) Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 191.51
13) Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 191.659
14) Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 191.618
15) Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 191.618
16) Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 191.598
17) Kyle Larson Chevrolet 191.496
18) AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 191.489
19) Jeff Burton Toyota 191.435
20) Kyle Busch Toyota 191.381
21) Paul Menard Chevrolet 190.934
22) Danica Patrick Chevrolet 190.543
23) Kurt Busch Chevrolet 190.503
24) Tony Stewart Chevrolet 189.514
25) Greg Biffle Ford 190.396
26) David Ragan Ford 189.893
27) Denny Hamlin Toyota 189.767
28) Cole Whitt Toyota 189.647
29) Matt Kenseth Toyota 189.328
30) Casey Mears Chevrolet 189.261
31) Josh Wise Chevrolet 188.851
32) Parker Kligerman Toyota 188.838
33) David Gilliland Ford 188.686
34) Trevor Bayne Ford 188.429
35) Michael McDowell Ford 188.271
36) Alex Bowman Toyota 188.166
37) Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 187.415
38) Michael Annett Chevrolet 186.8
39) Ryan Truex Toyota 186.265
40) Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 186.027
41) Timmy Hill Chevrolet 185.471
42) Travis Kvapil Ford 185.344
43) Marcos Ambrose Ford 180.469

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