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Kobalt Tools 400 - Qualifying and Practice 1 times

Matt Kenseth picked up pole position, needing a new track record time at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to pip Marcos Ambrose to the top spot.
Matt Kenseth took pole position for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas, despite admitting that "Qualifying is not my strong suit." However, setting the fastest time in the morning practice proved just a foretaste of the record-setting time he put in during the afternoon qualifying session. It's only his fifth pole in 403 series starts, and his first since May 2009 at Darlington, 63 races ago.

Marcos Ambrose had looked set for his first-ever NASCAR pole before Kenseth's run, and instead will start second, matching his previous best qualifying position set last October at Martinsville. "I've been the bridesmaid plenty of times, it doesn't feel any nicer," joked Ambrose. "But I'm really pleased today. Can't complain."

Despite the 1.5 mile oval Las Vegas Motor Speedway being their home track, it was not such a great Friday for the Busch brothers. While Kyle will start from fifth, Kurt struggled in both practice and in qualifying, ending up 31st and 22nd respectively - breaking a run of ten consecutive top 10 starts at Vegas.

David Ragan, who had set the second-fastest tie in practice, spun on the backstretch and had to rely on owner points to qualify; Tony Raines also got in via owner points, while Brian Keselowski failed to make the field. His younger brother Brad was the fastest Dodge qualifier in 20th.

Qualifying times

1. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.589s (Leader) 188.884mph
2. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.698s (-0.109) 188.166mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.704s (-0.115) 188.127mph
4. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.728s (-0.139) 187.97mph
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.79s (-0.201) 187.565mph
6. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.828s (-0.239) 187.318mph
7. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 28.838s (-0.249) 187.253mph
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.843s (-0.254) 187.221mph
9. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.846s (-0.257) 187.201mph
10. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 28.847s (-0.258) 187.195mph
11. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.864s (-0.275) 187.084mph
12. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.864s (-0.275) 187.084mph
13. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.892s (-0.303) 186.903mph
14. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.919s (-0.33) 186.728mph
15. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.95s (-0.361) 186.529mph
16. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.95s (-0.361) 186.529mph
17. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.96s (-0.371) 186.464mph
18. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.963s (-0.374) 186.445mph
19. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.98s (-0.391) 186.335mph
20. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.02s (-0.431) 186.079mph
21. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.024s (-0.435) 186.053mph
22. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 29.032s (-0.443) 186.002mph
23. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.037s (-0.448) 185.97mph
24. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.081s (-0.492) 185.688mph
25. #0 David Reutimann Toyota 29.1s (-0.511) 185.567mph
26. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.114s (-0.525) 185.478mph
27. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 29.155s (-0.566) 185.217mph
28. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 29.173s (-0.584) 185.103mph
29. #32 Mike Skinner Ford 29.23s (-0.641) 184.742mph
30. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 29.273s (-0.684) 184.47mph
31. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.274s (-0.685) 184.464mph
32. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29.316s (-0.727) 184.2mph
33. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.356s (-0.767) 183.949mph
34. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.506s (-0.917) 183.014mph
35. #34 David Gilliland Ford 29.507s (-0.918) 183.007mph
36. #60 Landon Cassill Toyota 29.659s (-1.07) 182.07mph
37. #9 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 29.674s (-1.085) 181.977mph
38. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 29.768s (-1.179) 181.403mph
39. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 29.79s (-1.201) 181.269mph
40. #71 Andy Lally* Chevrolet 30.098s (-1.509) 179.414mph
41. #37 Tony Raines+ Ford 30.457s (-1.868) 177.299mph
42. #6 David Ragan+ Ford No time
43. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 29.708s (-1.119) 181.769mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #192 Brian Keselowski* Dodge 30.05s (-1.461) 179.701mph

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

Practice 1 times

1. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.939s (Leader) 186.599mph
2. #6 David Ragan Ford 28.986s (-0.047) 186.297mph
3. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.039s (-0.1) 185.957mph
4. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.049s (-0.11) 185.893mph
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.083s (-0.144) 185.676mph
6. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.091s (-0.152) 185.624mph
7. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.101s (-0.162) 185.561mph
8. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.119s (-0.18) 185.446mph
9. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.133s (-0.194) 185.357mph
10. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.144s (-0.205) 185.287mph
11. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.15s (-0.211) 185.249mph
12. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.153s (-0.214) 185.23mph
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.156s (-0.217) 185.211mph
14. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.175s (-0.236) 185.09mph
15. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.191s (-0.252) 184.988mph
16. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 29.227s (-0.288) 184.761mph
17. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.24s (-0.301) 184.678mph
18. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.263s (-0.324) 184.533mph
19. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.263s (-0.324) 184.533mph
20. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.267s (-0.328) 184.508mph
21. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 29.27s (-0.331) 184.489mph
22. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.286s (-0.347) 184.388mph
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.29s (-0.351) 184.363mph
24. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.292s (-0.353) 184.351mph
25. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.293s (-0.354) 184.344mph
26. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.31s (-0.371) 184.238mph
27. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.324s (-0.385) 184.15mph
28. #0 David Reutimann Toyota 29.354s (-0.415) 183.961mph
29. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 29.363s (-0.424) 183.905mph
30. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 29.364s (-0.425) 183.899mph
31. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 29.432s (-0.493) 183.474mph
32. #34 David Gilliland Ford 29.553s (-0.614) 182.723mph
33. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 29.694s (-0.755) 181.855mph
34. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29.713s (-0.774) 181.739mph
35. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.742s (-0.803) 181.561mph
36. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.784s (-0.845) 181.305mph
37. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 29.844s (-0.905) 180.941mph
38. #60 Landon Cassill Toyota 29.936s (-0.997) 180.385mph
39. #9 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 29.984s (-1.045) 180.096mph
40. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 30.019s (-1.08) 179.886mph
41. #71 Andy Lally* Chevrolet 30.069s (-1.13) 179.587mph
42. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 30.374s (-1.435) 177.784mph
43. #37 Tony Raines Ford 30.544s (-1.605) 176.794mph
44. #192 Brian Keselowski* Dodge 30.614s (-1.675) 176.39mph



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Andy Emel - Unregistered

March 06, 2011 12:16 PM

Bloody hell, what's up with Kenseth this week? He's just not really pole position type of guy, let alone setting records and topping every single timesheet. Someone's lit a fire under him. Probably means he'll crash out on lap 2, of course.



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