Kasey Kahne blistered the old track record with a lap of 184.856 edging out David Stremme lap of 184.193 knocking him off the pole for Sundays race. The Dodge Chargers were fast in qualifying with four Chargers taking the top 4 starting spots. Elliott Sadler put his Dodge in third while Juan Montoya who continues to qualify well will start fourth.
Jeff Burton stopped the Dodges from sweeping the Top five spots with a qualifying lap of 182.976. Scott Riggs the third car of Evernham Motorsports, will start six. Reed Sorenson, the third car for Chip Ganassi starts seventh. Sterling Marlin who has won at this track in 2002 starts eight Joe Nemechek starts ninth and home town boy Kurt Busch starts tenth.
It was a wild day at qualifying and some drivers didn't care too much for the changes made to the track during the off-season. The new banking and new pavement made for greater speed resulting in Goodyear bring a harder tire to Las Vegas. Harder tires and faster speeds make for slippery track condition. And it did just that.
Two time Champion Tony Stewart voiced his displeasure with the harder tire calling them the worst he's ever been on.
A few other teams probably feel the same way. Bobby Labonte, David Gilliland Kenny Schrader and Michael Waltrip all spun and hit the wall tearing up there cars. Paul Manard DEI third car slid into the infield grass but did make contact with anything. Labonte and Gilliland were locked in and Paul Manard made it in the on speed.
Not the case for Waltrip and Schrader who failed to make it on time. Waltrip has failed to make it in the race the last two weeks. Michael Waltrip Racing failed to get qualify a car in this Sundays race.
I noticed during qualifying the several teams had great qualifying run on their first lap but chose to take a second lap to improve their times. That decision came back and haunted a few teams. Gilliland and Labonte had pretty decent starting positions but chose to run that second qualifying lap and they both ended up hitting the wall making them go to their back up cars for Sundays race and starting in the back of the field.
Paul Manard did the same thing, but he was lucky and didn't hit anything when he spun out in to the grass.
I bet those teams wish they could take that last lap back.