NASCAR Las Vegas 2014 qualifying results: Team Penske sweeps front row … again

Nick Laham

For the second week in a row, Team Penske took the top spots in qualifying, led by Joey Logano winning the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR race.

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Team Penske obviously has this knockout-style qualifying thing figured out, sweeping the front row for the second week in a row.

But unlike a week ago when Brad Keselowski set fast time, it was Joey Logano who won the pole position Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Logano's lap of 193.278 mph broke the previous track-record held by Kasey Kahne by nearly three miles per hour.

"I told (Keselowski) we're 1-to-1 now," Logano said. "Two weeks right off the bat to have a front row is awesome for Penske. It's a privilege to drive these cars. Everything is clicking. Now we just need to put it all together and win the big one."

Las Vegas marked the debut of NASCAR's new qualifying format on a 1.5-mile track featuring all drivers on the speedway at once posting times during the initial 25-minute segment. At the conclusion, the fastest 24 drivers advance to the second round, and after 10 minutes of track time, the field is then pared to 12 for the third and final session to set the starting lineup.

The format again featured the odd sight of cars running slow along the apron to cool their engines between qualifying stints. As they did last week at Phoenix, many drivers spoke out against the tactic because of the dramatic variances in speed.

"We don't have impact data on 170-180 mph differential impacts," Brian Vickers said. "If I hit someone with those speed discrepancies, that's going to be really bad for everyone. Unquestionably, it's more exciting for the fans. It's fun, interesting, but there are some things that have to take place. That's the most dangerous thing I've ever done in a race car."

NASCAR forbids the lifting of the hood during qualifying to prevent unapproved adjustments, which also prevents teams from utilizing cooling systems.

Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon will start third and fourth, respectively. Defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson is fifth. Current series points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 14th.

"I felt like I've got a little bit better car than that," Earnhardt said. "I messed up getting into (Turn) one on that last run. We will have to work on the car tomorrow. I feel like it's a fun race track and we really enjoy running here. Hopefully we can get it tuned in."

Blake Koch, Landon Cassill, Dave Blaney, Joe Nemechek and J.J. Yeley failed to qualify.

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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