Blaney backs up his apply promise in Phoenix qualifying
Ryan Blaney backed up his top-of-the-charts apply velocity at ISM Raceway, rising quickest of all within the second and third rounds of qualifying Friday late afternoon.
With a lap of 25.480s (141.287 mph), Blaney’s Workforce Penske Ford Mustang earned the pole for Sunday’s Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection TicketGuardian 500 — his first pole of the season and his second at Phoenix, having began from the highest spot on the monitor within the fall of 2017.
“It’s a great way to start out off the weekend for positive,” mentioned Blaney. “Qualifying hasn’t been our this yr, but it surely’s the primary brief monitor we’ve been at. We’ve had velocity all yr, which has been a number of enjoyable, and we simply form of saved tweaking on it and tweaking on it …
“We’ll see how our automobile is tomorrow in trim, however this positive was a number of enjoyable. Hopefully, it retains going effectively for us.”
Elliott’s Camaro will be part of Blaney’s Mustang on the entrance row. Picture by Harrelson/LAT
Blaney will likely be joined on the entrance row by Chase Elliott, the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driver clocking a 140.171 mph finest.
Finishing the highest 5 had been Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin (140.007 mph) and Kyle Busch (139.855), and Blaney’s Penske teammate Brad Keselowski (139.849).
Keselowski’s automobile, although, failed pre-qualifying inspection twice, with NASCAR ejecting a crew member from the No. 2 group. Engineer Brandon Pope has been ejected for the rest of the weekend and Keselowski will likely be docked 15 minutes from remaining apply Saturday afternoon.
Rounding out the highest 10 had been Alex Bowman (139.768), William Byron (139.567), Kevin Harvick (139.411), Martin Truex Jr. (139.206), and Erik Jones (138.991).
Harvick was quickest within the first spherical of qualifying and is the defending race winner.
Amongst these failing to advance to the ultimate spherical of qualifying had been Jimmie Johnson (15th) and Kurt Busch (16th). These eradicated after the primary spherical of qualifying included Clint Bowyer (26th) and Kyle Larson (31st).
UP NEXT: Second apply at 11:35 a.m. ET Saturday.