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Christopher Bell to lead NASCAR Cup field to green at Las Vegas

Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, 2022, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Christopher Bell won the first pole of his career and will lead the field to green Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Bell turned a lap at 182.673 mph in Saturday qualifying to put his Toyota from Joe Gibbs Racing on the pole.

NASCAR champion Kyle Larson qualified second in a Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Larson is the defending Las Vegas winner and also looking to put together a two-race winning streak following his victory last Sunday at Fontana.

Las Vegas native Kyle Busch crashed his Toyota in practice and was not able to participate in the qualifying session. He will start 37th in a backup.