LAS VEGAS -- Joey Logano won the pole position for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway under NASCAR's new format of knockout qualifying.
Logano's pole-winning lap around the 1.5-mile speedway was a track qualifying record of 193.278 mph, eclipsing the standard of 190.456 mph set by Kasey Kahne in 2012.
This was the first use of a three-round session under the new NASCAR qualifying format for tracks 1.25 miles and longer.
The entire 43-car field qualified for 25 minutes in the first round, and the 24 fastest drivers advanced to a 10-minute second round.
The 12 fastest drivers in the second round then moved to the final, five-minute session in which Logano had his pole-winning lap.
Among the drivers who failed to reach the final round were Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. (who starts 14th); Kevin Harvick (16th), who won the Phoenix race; Kyle Busch (20th); Danica Patrick (22nd) and Tony Stewart (24th).