BUSCH: Bliss earns first career pole at Vegas

BUSCH: Bliss earns first career pole at Vegas

Mike Bliss set a track record with a lap of 171.238 miles per hour on his way to earning the Busch pole for Saturday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Bliss demolished the previous track record by almost 2-miles per hour to earn him his first ...

Mike Bliss set a track record with a lap of 171.238 miles per hour on his way to earning the Busch pole for Saturday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Bliss demolished the previous track record by almost 2-miles per hour to earn him his first Busch career pole.

Mike Bliss.
Photo by Thomas Chemris.
It is a special pole for Bliss; his parents now reside in Las Vegas and he spends a great deal of time at the jewel in the desert. "I like this track," said Bliss. "It's smooth, and there are a lot of tracks in the Midwest but this is Vegas. This is a second home to me. I come down and see my parents a lot."

Bobby Hamilton, Jr. earned the outside pole with a lap of 171.048 mph.

Kasey Kahne starts the Busch event from the third spot on the grid; he matched Hamilton, Jr.'s time with a lap of 171.048 mph. "It's a good race car," Kahne remarked.

"We've always ran good with this car. We have a crew chief this week, before we were sort of doing it by committee. The crew chief is a big deal. You just have a leader," continued Kahne as he dashed off to attempt his NEXTEL Cup qualifying runs.

Martin Truex, Jr. and Jason Leffler complete the top five qualifiers.

Joe Gibbs Racing had an outstanding afternoon at LVMS. In addition to Bliss' pole sitting time, teammate and 2003 USAC Triple Crown champion JJ Yeley was the top qualifying rookie in 7th spot.

Fifty cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field, failing to make the show were Andy Ponstein, David Starr, Larry Gunselman, Damon Lusk, Bruce Bechtel, Randy Briggs, and Stan Boyd.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jason Leffler , David Starr , Larry Gunselman , Kasey Kahne , Damon Lusk , Mike Bliss , Martin Truex Jr. , Bruce Bechtel , Randy Briggs , Stan Boyd , Andy Ponstein
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing