The Busch brothers claimed the front row at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but an engine change will prevent Kyle and Kurt Busch from starting next to each other Sunday.
Kyle Busch blew his motor during Friday's practice session, forcing him to change it before qualifying. The new engine helped him post a pole-winning lap of 185.995 mph.
That was better than older brother Kurt's lap of 185.707. But Kyle Busch will have to drop to the back of the field at the start of the race, and third-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson will slide into the front row.
The Buschs are from Las Vegas, and neither has won a NASCAR race at their home track.
Among area qualifiers, Zephyrhills' David Reutimann took fourth, Lakeland's Joe Nemechek was 22nd and Tampa's Aric Almirola was 27th.
The Associated Press