The last time it happened was April 9, 2000, at Martinsville, Va., when brothers Rusty and Kenny Wallace earned front-row starting positions for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. This time, two hometown heroes - Kyle and Kurt Busch of Las Vegas - captured the first two starting positions for Sunday's Shelby 427.

Kyle Busch was the second driver out on the track on zMAX Pole Day and quickly established himself as the man to beat by posting a record qualifying lap of 29.033 sec. at 185.995 mph.

"I didn't know what to expect so I just gave it what I thought it needed in order to run a fast lap and it stuck pretty well," said Kyle of his pole-winning effort. "It was just a little bit edgy in Turns 3 and 4 coming to the green flag. I just kid of put my foot back to it and drove off the corner."

But Kyle's triumphant tear was bittersweet. It marked his second consecutive Las Vegas Coors Light Pole Award, but he will not be the first driver to take the green flag this year. Busch's team was forced to change the engine in his Joe Gibbs Racing M&M's Toyota during practice and he will start the Shelby 427 from the rear of the field. That moved older brother Kurt to the pole, who will be joined by third-place qualifier Jimmy Johnson on the front row.

"It's cool that we're both up there on the front row. Unfortunately for me, I won't be in the cool photo at the drop of the green flag next to my brother," said Kyle. "The team did an awesome job this morning. The M&M's Toyota guys worked their butts to change the engine and get us back up there. I wish we were starting up front so maybe we could get five bonus points early but unfortunately that's not the case. We'll have to battle on through there and pass everybody if we can. We've just got to take what's been given to us and try to battle it out on Sunday. The big check comes after the leader of the last lap, not the first lap."

Twelve drivers broke Kasey Kahne's qualifying record of 29.212 sec. (184.856 mph) set on March 9, 2007, and Kyle offered his opinion as to why the cars were faster on Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval this year.

"I think the faster speeds here this year were because of the Goodyear Tire Company. They came here and tested and brought a different tire here this time. They've got to be really conscious of a new race track. Last year the race track was brand new so we were really fighting too much grip. They had to bring a hard tire and we were slipping on top of the race track somewhat. This year, they softened it up a little and brought back a better tire. Hopefully it will prove for better racing on Sunday."

"We tried to get the pole, but we came up short," said older brother Kurt, after his Dodge qualified second with a lap of 29.078 sec. "We had a great adjustment that we made on the Miller Lite Dodge after practice to pick up the speed that we did, so it felt really good. It's better than we have been. I felt like I had a solid run through Turns 1 and 2 and after looking at the lap tracker, Kyle was a little bit better in Turns 1 and 2 and that enabled him to beat us a little bit. It feels good to be running good. We qualified fourth last week and second this week.

"It's just been a long offseason, scratching our heads trying to find a good direction and so far it's paid off. I looked at a lot of different areas, as many as I could dream up, including handling, down force, horsepower, pit crew and communication between the race track guys and the guys back at the shop. It just felt like a challenge to me to get this thing going. It's just having a vision and a plan and sometimes it comes together and sometimes it doesn't. We'll just have to keep working harder and smarter."
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson drove the fastest Chevrolet on zMAX Pole Day.

"We are better here especially compared to last year and how bad we were here," said Johnson.  "This is a nice surprise. It was a good lap, definitely a solid lap. Maybe a little too comfortable, but we went a lot faster than we did in practice and I am very proud of the effort we put in. Hopefully, we've got everything right and where it needs to be come Sunday."

Kyle Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Joey Logano, was the fastest Raybestos rookie-of-the-year contender Friday and will start 20th.

"I feel okay with that," said Logano, who hopped into the Home Depot Toyota this year after Tony Stewart departed. "I think there's more room to improve, which makes me feel a lot better.  I felt that way after a practice run and was able to watch some tapes and see some things that I can do as a driver better.  I'm very excited right now.  We had a good car in practice in race trim and had a decent qualifying run right there.  Everything is going good right now."

Friday's qualifying session nearly was without incident until rookie Dexter Bean - who was 49th on the list of 51 drivers - lost control of his car as he exited Turn 4 and slapped the front-stretch wall. The miscue ended his attempt to qualify for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Many familiar names joined Bean on the list of those who failed to qualify: Travis Kvapil, Dave Blaney, Mike Garvey, Jeremy Mayfield, Sterling Marlin, Scott Riggs and Tony Raines all will watch the Shelby 427 from the sidelines.