A Ford Captures Nationwide Pole

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR Sprint Cup series and NASCAR Nationwide Series are both at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Coors Light Pole Qualifying  for the Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 400 was held on Friday, with 17 Matt Kenseth capturing the pole position in a Ford with a speed of 188.884 mph and 28.58 seconds. This is his fifth career pole. Another Ford, that of 9 Marcos Ambrose, will start next to him on the front row.

Qualifying for the Nationwide race, the Sam’s Town 300 was held at LVMS Saturday morning. Qualifying was not televised. I had to follow the proceedings online at NASCAR.com. 43 cars were entered, so all 43 will race later today. 87 Joe Nemechek crashed in practice on Friday and his backup car is being driven by Kevin Conway in the 97. Nemechek is guaranteed a spot in the race. Now all he has to do is find a car to present to NASCAR to race today.

22 Brad Keselowski came out 19th to sit on the pole. 31 Justin Allgaier came out 22nd to knock Brad off. 16 Trevor Bayne was out next to grab the provisional pole. Hometown favorite, 18 Kyle Busch came out 25th to knock Trevor off. But 60 Carl Edwards was fastest in practice and was the last to qualify of the top 30 cars guaranteed a spot. He captured the provisional pole with a speed of 181.824 mph and 29.70 seconds. Carl had to wait until those not guaranteed a spot qualified, including 33 Kevin Harvick and 20 Joey Logano, both Sprint Cup drivers. Neither were able to knock Edwards off the pole. 33 will start fourth while 20 will start ninth.

Fords are fast on this track with Kenseth on the pole for the Kobalt Tools 400 and Edwards starting first for the Sam’s Town 300, which can be seen on ABC.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I’ll see you after the race. I love NASCAR.

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