Formula One leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix while Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was 10th after another car failure ended his qualifying session early on Saturday.
Helio Castroneves made Team Penske 3 for 3 in qualifying this season when he won the pole Saturday for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Mercedes has become used to starting on the front row after a dominant couple of years in Formula One. Not so much from the back of the field.
Kyle Busch pulled away on a restart with 11 laps to go and outran AJ Allmendinger to the finish for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Martinsville Speedway, and a sweep of the two-race weekend.
Two-time world champion Marc Marquez survived a crash-hit afternoon to take pole position for the Grand Prix of Argentina on Saturday.
IndyCar's return to the desert was supposed to fast and furious, maybe even a little dangerous.
Lewis Hamilton produced what he called a "sexy, sexy lap" to snatch pole position away from his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with a margin of just under eight hundredths of a second on Saturday.
Formula One chiefs will hold further crisis talks to try and resolve the problems with the panned 'progressive elimination' qualifying format with former world champion Sebastian Vettel comparing bosses to ice cream salesmen.
Just one race into the new Formula One season and unhappy drivers are calling the series' decision-making "obsolete and ill-structured" and calling for a "restructuring" of its governance.
Jimmie Johnson somehow saved his fastest lap for last, and Southern California's favorite racing son soared to another historic victory.