Qualifying Day for NASCAR Sprint Cup at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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Jeff Gordon and fans at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas photographer Erik Kabik sent us some great shots of qualifying day for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, also known as the Shelby 427, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway  (Pictured above: Jeff Gordon and fans – Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com)

Scroll down to see photos of the first and second place qualifying cars, plus close up shots of Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Jimmy Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and the legend himself, Carroll Shelby.

#18 - Kyle Busch qualifies for first place but will start last due to engine change
#18 - Kyle Busch qualifies for first place but will start last due to engine change

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

#2 - Kurt Busch qualifies for second place
#2 - Kurt Busch qualifies for second place

 Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Kyle Busch team installs a new engine into his car just before qualifying
Kyle Busch team installs a new engine into his car just before qualifying

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Jeff Gordon talks with team members
Jeff Gordon talks with team members

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Jeff Gordon and #24 in the NEON Garage
Jeff Gordon and #24 in the NEON Garage

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Jimmy Johnson and team member
Jimmy Johnson and team member

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Carl Edwards, winner of last year's race
Carl Edwards, winner of last year's race

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Carl Edwards being interviewed
Carl Edwards being interviewed

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Carl Edwards takes a break
Carl Edwards checks out the competition

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Carl Edwards, strapped in and ready to race
Carl Edwards, strapped in and ready to race

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

#29 and other cars in the Neon Garage
#29 and other cars in the Neon Garage

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Carroll Shelby, the legend of racing
Carroll Shelby, the legend of racing

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com