LAS VEGAS – Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, turning a qualifying lap at a track-record 193.28 mph.
Logano will start on the front row next to Penske Ford teammate Brad Keselowski, who came in second Friday at 193.099.
The Penske drivers swept the top two spots for the second straight race, reversing their qualifying finish in Phoenix a week ago.
Clint Bowyer will start third alongside Austin Dillon in fourth. Jimmie Johnson is in fifth.
It gets crazy out there, said Logano, who earned his eighth career pole. I think it’s way cooler than old-style qualifying, don’t get me wrong. It’s awesome. ... We’re all learning right now. It’s all new to us, but we’re having fun with it. I enjoy it. I think it’s cool.
Indianapolis 500 revamps qualifying
The new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 will include three rounds over two days, and the pole-winner will be decided on what used to be Bump Day.
Qualifying for the Indy 500 this year will begin May 17 when the fastest 33 cars are locked into the field.
All entries will be guaranteed at least one four-lap attempt to qualify, and the fastest nine drivers will move into the Fast Nine Shootout.
On May 18, the previous days’ times are erased and entries 10 through 33 will complete another four-lap qualifying attempt to determine starting positions.
The fastest nine will then make one four-lap attempt to determine the prestigious pole-winner and starting front row.