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Pennzoil reigns supreme.
Joey Logano will roll off from the pole for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). It is the 27th career pole for the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion.
William Byron will join Logano on the front row. Ryan Blaney, Ty Gibbs and Kyle Busch made up the top five while Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric and Christopher Bell completed the top 10.
Notable names who missed out on the pole round included 2022 Vegas spring winner Alex Bowman (11th), Denny Hamlin (12th), Kevin Harvick (14th) and Martin Truex Jr. (15th).
Josh Berry, who is filling in for the injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Hendrick Chevrolet, qualified 32nd for Sunday’s race. It is Berry’s third career Cup start and first in the Next Gen era.
2021 spring Vegas winner Larson put down the fastest overall lap in the two-group practice session with a time of 29.283 seconds. Blaney, Logano, Chris Buescher and Byron made up the top five.
The No. 24 Chevrolet of Byron had the fastest consecutive 10-lap average followed by Larson, Aric Almirola, Blaney and Chastain.
Harrison Burton suffered a severe crash during Group B practice as his No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford snapped in Turn 1 leading to a head-on crash into the outside wall.
Due to an engine change in the No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota, Tyler Reddick did not put down a lap Saturday in practice or qualifying.
Heavy damage for Harrison Burton in Vegas practice. #NASCARonFS1 https://t.co/5TkzklYG6d pic.twitter.com/AUn0GbjhmH
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