Busch Brothers Front Row In Vegas

Kyle Busch captured his second consecutive pole at his home track - Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but will have to start at the rear of the field after the No. 18 M&M's team changed engines prior to Friday's qualifying session.

Busch recorded a new track record with a lap of 185.995 mph and was credited with his 13th career pole. His day started on a sour note after he lost the powerplant in his Toyota just four laps into the first practice session. He will now have to drop to the back during the initial pace laps of Sunday's Shelby 427.

"It's cool that we're both up there, qualifying on the front row, but unfortunately for myself, I won't be in the cool photo at the drop of the green flag, next to my brother," Busch said.

Kyle's brother, Kurt, qualified second and will roll off next to him during that first pace lap to make it an all Busch front row, for the first time, in front of the hometown fans.

"We had a great adjustment that we made on the Miller Lite Dodge after practice to pick up the speed that we did, so it felt really good," Busch said. "We tried to get the pole, but came up a bit short. It’s better than where we have been."

The last time brothers started from the front row of a Cup race was April 9, 2000. Rusty Wallace won the pole at Martinsville Speedway. His brother, Kenny, qualified second.

Three-time Las Vegas winner Jimmie Johnson, who qualified third, will now inherit the pole for the race that was extended this year from 400 miles to 427.5 miles.

"We are better here especially compared to last year and how bad we were here," Johnson said. "This is a nice surprise. It was a good lap, definitely a solid lap. Maybe a little too comfortable, but we went a lot faster than we did in practice and I am very proud of the effort we put in. Hopefully, we’ve got everything right and where it needs to be come Sunday."

David Reutimann and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top five. For Ambrose, it was his career-best qualifying effort in 14 starts.

Matt Kenseth will have to come from the back of the field in his attempt to make NASCAR history by scoring his third consecutive win. He will start 40th after turning a lap of 182.143 mph in qualifying.

Twelve drivers broke Kasey Kahne’s March 9, 2007 qualifying record of 184.856 mph, 29.212 seconds.

Eight drivers failed to make the field: Travis Kvapil, Dave Blaney, Mike Garvey, Jeremy Mayfield, Sterling Marlin, Scott Riggs, Tony Raines and Dexter Bean.

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