Kasey Kahne will start the third NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season from pole position, after edging Kyle Busch by 0.062s for the top spot.

His lap of 28.353s (190.456mph) on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway gave Kahne his 23rd pole in 291 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races (three of which have now come in Las Vegas) and his first since September 2011 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It's his first pole since switching into the Hendrick Motorsports driver line-up.

Kyle Busch did well to bounce back from a troubled practice session to join Kahne on the front row. The #18 was damaged by debris falling from Juan Montoya's car, who wrecked early in the session. Montoya himself had to take to his back-up car after the #42 suffered heavy right-side damage, and he could only manage to qualify back in 29th position.

Busch's far-from-best friend Kevin Harvick will start the Kobalt Tools 400 immediately behind Kahne and Busch from the second row of the grid, alongside Kahne's Hendrick team mate Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Scott Riggs and Robby Gordon were the two cars to miss out on making the 43-car grid. Josh Wise was the fastest qualifying rookie in 33rd.

Qualifying times

1. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.353s (Leader) 190.456mph
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.415s (-0.062) 190.040mph
3. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.419s (-0.066) 190.014mph
4. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.440s (-0.087) 189.873mph
5. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.450s (-0.097) 189.807mph
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.455s (-0.102) 189.773mph
7. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.471s (-0.118) 189.667mph
8. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.478s (-0.125) 189.620mph
9. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.496s (-0.143) 189.500mph
10. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.508s (-0.155) 189.421mph
11. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.540s (-0.187) 189.208mph
12. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.549s (-0.196) 189.148mph
13. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.576s (-0.223) 188.970mph
14. #22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 28.581s (-0.228) 188.937mph
15. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.585s (-0.232) 188.910mph
16. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.608s (-0.255) 188.758mph
17. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.615s (-0.262) 188.712mph
18. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.657s (-0.304) 188.436mph
19. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.699s (-0.346) 188.160mph
20. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.703s (-0.350) 188.134mph
21. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.710s (-0.357) 188.088mph
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.761s (-0.408) 187.754mph
23. #33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 28.774s (-0.421) 187.669mph
24. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.775s (-0.422) 187.663mph
25. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.821s (-0.468) 187.363mph
26. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.830s (-0.477) 187.305mph
27. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.879s (-0.526) 186.987mph
28. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.879s (-0.526) 186.987mph
29. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.911s (-0.558) 186.780mph
30. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 29.087s (-0.734) 185.650mph
31. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 29.088s (-0.735) 185.644mph
32. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.146s (-0.793) 185.274mph
33. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.215s (-0.862) 184.837mph
34. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.239s (-0.886) 184.685mph
35. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.286s (-0.933) 184.388mph
36. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 29.289s (-0.936) 184.370mph
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.320s (-0.967) 184.175mph
38. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.356s (-1.003) 183.949mph
39. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.370s (-1.017) 183.861mph
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.421s (-1.068) 183.542mph
41. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 29.459s (-1.106) 183.306mph
42. #37 Timmy Hill* Ford 29.528s (-1.175) 182.877mph
43. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.556s (-1.203) 182.704mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 29.601s (-1.248) 182.426mph
45. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 29.624s (-1.271) 182.285mph

* Denotes Rookie

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