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Defense Cup Champion Joey Logano won pole position Saturday in Sunday’s 400-mile race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Logano, who ran 186.053 miles per hour, overtook William Byron (185.153) for the first starting place. Next in the top five were Ryan Blaney, Ty Gibbs And Kyle Bush.

“Paul[team principal Paul Wolfe]really gave me a hell of a lot here,” Logano told Fox Sports. “It was an extreme case, but it was a really fast car. I hope this speed will be reflected in the race.”

Josh Berryreplacing the wounded Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet qualified 32nd in its third race in the Cup Series.

Harrison Burton crashed in training after debris apparently punctured his radiator. It slid onto the outer wall, causing severe damage to Ford No. 21 Wood Brothers.

“I got sidetracked very quickly.” Burton said. “I looked at my dashboard because I had a high water temperature… I looked down and then up again to go into a corner and as soon as I turned it was really sideways. … It sucks so much. I felt that we had a decent car. It fired normally with a lot of grip. And then suddenly it didn’t.”

Tyler Reddickthe car had engine problems and missed qualifying.

Former NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott He is expected to miss several weeks of competition after successfully undergoing surgery for a broken leg on Friday night.

Elliott injured his left leg in a snowboarding accident in Colorado on Friday and underwent three-hour surgery on Friday night. Hendrick Motorsports President Jeff Andrews said Saturday morning that Elliott is recovering well and is expected to be released from the hospital on Saturday.

Xfinity Series Driver Josh Berry will fill in for Elliot in Sunday’s Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and is expected to continue to fill in for Elliot while he recovers.

“I expect this (Elliott’s absence) to last a few weeks, but more than that, I don’t have a schedule,” Andrews said. “I can’t help but repeat on behalf of Mr. (Rick) Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports that the most important thing is Chase’s health and well being. We are going to race together for a long time and win many races. We will have a place ready for him when he recovers and is ready to return to the race car.”

Andrews said Hendrick Motorsports had applied to NASCAR for a waiver that would allow Elliott to compete in the Cup Series playoffs if he qualified.

MORE: Las Vegas Cup Race Start Times, Weather, TV Info

Sunday’s race will be Berry’s third Cup start. In 2021, he competed in two races for Spire Motorsports. Regularly participating in the Xfinity Series, Berry drives for JR Motorsports. In 2022, he took three Xfinity victories and finished fourth in series points. He won twice at LVMS.

Berry, who has not yet driven a Next Gen Cup car, said his success in Las Vegas should speed up his adjustment process.

“A lot of things happened very quickly,” Berry said. “The fact that I’ve won twice here at Xfinity definitely makes it that much easier. I will be mastering a new car in an hour or so (in practice). Success on the track definitely gives me more confidence in what I’m doing.”

Berry said he appreciated the opportunity to race in a cup car but regretted the circumstances.

“This is Chase’s ride and his opportunity,” Berry said. “I am just grateful that Mr. H and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports thought of me to replace him at this moment. No doubt this is a big challenge for me, but also a great opportunity to grow and learn as a driver and work with a lot of smart people. I will do this one circle at a time, one day at a time.

“It was a crazy couple of days. You never know what will happen when you wake up.”

Kyle Bush said on Saturday that he reached out to Elliott to offer advice and help. Busch missed racing with a broken leg early in the 2015 season and won the championship. He said he expected Elliot to be away for at least a month.

Alex Bowman, Elliott’s teammate, missed several races last season. “It’s a really unfortunate situation,” he said. “You almost feel forgotten because obviously everything is going on except for you. That’s pretty much how it was for me. I watched every race except one. I went to an NFL game. Just what my doctor wanted me to do. Other than that, I watched every week. And yes, it’s not fun.”

Andrews said he did not expect a change in Hendrick Motorsports’ policy on non-racing events in which drivers are allowed to enter. “These guys should go out and live off the race track,” he said. “Of course, what Chase did was not something abnormal for him. He is an experienced snowboarder and has been doing it for most of his life. It was an accident.”

Kyle Bush On Sunday, he takes his second win in a row at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his hometown circuit.

He will face the reigning champion of the series. Joey Loganowho won this race last year, and Ross Chastainwho finished in the top three in both Las Vegas races last year.

Las Vegas represents the middle race in the three-race West Coast Swing.

Details of Sunday’s Cup Race at Las Vegas Speedway

(All time Eastern)

START OFF: Bryce Harper, two-time National League MVP, will give the command to start the engines at 3:38 pm… The green flag should go up at 3:49 pm.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 12:30pm… Drivers meet at 2:40pm…Drivers introduction at 3:05pm… Call will be made by Billy Mauldin of Motor Racing Outreach at 3:30pm…Terry Fator will play the national anthem at 3:31pm

DISTANCE: The race is 267 laps (400.5 miles) on a 1.5 mile race track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on lap 80. Stage 2 ends on lap 165.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 15:30. Pre-race coverage starts at 2:00 pm on FS1 and moves to Fox at 3:00 pm… Performance Racing Network radio starts at 2:30 pm and will also be broadcast on; SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will broadcast PRN.

FLOW: Fox Sports

FORECAST: Weather Metro – Partly cloudy with a maximum of 58 degrees and zero chance of rain at the start of the race. Wind gusts will reach 20 m/s.

STARTING LINE-UP: Qualifying starts at 14:20 on Saturday.

LAST YEAR: Joey Logano won last year’s playoff race. He was followed by Ross Chastain and Kyle Busch.


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