CLEVELAND, Ohio — Brad Keselowski is on the pole for today’s NASCAR Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas.
Keselowski earned his first victory of the season last week in Atlanta and is the defending champion in Las Vegas, where he has run well in the past.
In Friday’s qualifying, Keselowski ran a lap of 27.881 (193.680 mph) to claim the pole over Martin Truex Jr. (193.458). Ryan Blaney qualified third, followed by Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson and Joey Logano.
MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Site: Las Vegas
Schedule: Sunday, race, 3:30 p.m., FOX.
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 400.5 miles, 267 laps
Last year: Brad Keselowski won from the second row in a race that featured 20 lead changes.
Last week: Keselowski won his first race of 2017 in Atlanta.
Fast facts: Keselowski has now won at least one race in seven straight seasons. He’s also won two of the last three races in Las Vegas. … Half of the drivers in the top 10 through two races are 26 or younger. Chase Elliott, 21, leads the way in fourth. … Kyle Busch, who drives a Toyota, is the only non-Ford driver to win a stage in 2017.
Next race: Camping World 500, March 19, Phoenix International Raceway.
(The Associated Press contributed)