For the second time of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, Erik Jones earned the Busch Pole Award. Jones, circled the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway with an average speed of 187.911 mph on Friday evening for his first pole for the 2018 season and first since his initial pole in Aug. 2017 at Bristol.
Jones, is arguably one of the hottest drivers in the series right now as the 22 year old enters Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) with three straight top eight finishes including a runner-up in Monday’s rain delayed Brickyard 400. He also has nine top eight finishes over his last 11 starts on the year as well in his No. 20 Toyota.
Joey Logano was fastest in practice on Friday morning and will roll off on the front row with Jones in Sunday’s opening playoff race. Logano, turned a speed of 188.101 mph in his No. 22 Ford for the second starting spot.
Denny Hamlin (187.624 mph) will start third in his No. 11 Toyota while his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate of Kyle Busch (187.402 mph) will start alongside of him in fourth in his No. 18 Toyota.
Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five in his No. 4 Ford. He set a lap of 187.396 mph.
Overall, the top 11 spots in the starting lineup went to playoff drivers. Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson will start sixth through 11th respectively.
Other playoff drivers and their starting spots are Brad Keselowski (13th), Clint Bowyer (15th), Aric Almirola (16th), Jimmie Johnson (17th) and Austin Dillon (18th)
South Point 400 Starting Lineup
Row 1: Erik Jones, Joey Logano
Row 2: Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch
Row 3: Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney
Row 4: Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch
Row 5: Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr.
Row 6: Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray
Row 7: Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Row 8: Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola
Row 9: Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon
Row 10: Daniel Suarez, Paul Menard
Row 11: William Byron R, Ryan Newman
Row 12: Trevor Bayne, Michael McDowell
Row 13: Regan Smith, Matt DiBenedetto
Row 14: David Ragan, Chris Buescher
Row 15: AJ Allmendinger, Ty Dillon
Row 16: Darrell Wallace Jr. R, Corey LaJoie
Row 17: Kyle Weatherman, Ross Chastain
Row 18: Jeffrey Earnhardt, JJ Yeley
Row 19: Landon Cassill, BJ McLeod
Row 20: Timmy Hill, Reed Sorenson