After leading final practice yesterday, Ty Dillon survived the Knockout Qualifying format to win the Coors Light Pole for the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a lap of 29.625 seconds. It marks the first pole for the 22-year-old in his 15th start.
Dillon enters the Nationwide Series as a rookie, looking for success after winning the Camping World Truck Series Championship last year. Dillon is working with the same group that took his brother Austin to the Nationwide title last year.
Brad Keselowski kept his positive role going as he qualified second, looking for his first win of the year. Keselowski finished second in the season opener at Daytona, followed by a third place finish last weekend at Phoenix.
He was followed by fellow Sprint Cup regular Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Larson and Brian Scott.
Matt Kenseth qualified sixth, followed by Kyle Busch who is a back-up car following a practice crash. Busch’s team also made adjustments following qualifying so Busch will have to give up his starting spot.
Rookie Dylan Kwasniewski starts eighth and is also in a back-up car.Due to going to a back-up before qualifying, Busch will be able to retain his qualifying position.
JR Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott and Regan Smith rounded out the top five.
Matt Crafton, who led the opening practice, qualified 11th, followed by Chris Buescher, Elliott Sadler, James Buscher and Ryan Reed.
The Boyd Gaming 300 is set to start at 4:30 p.m. EST.