Blaney Wins Phoenix Pole

Ryan Blaney

"Getting a pole on a short track, I never thought I’d be doing that. It’s a good start to the weekend and hopefully we can just keep it going." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Playoff driver Ryan Blaney won the pole for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway.
 
Blaney turned a lap of 137.942 mph to earn the top spot for Sunday’s second to last race of the season. It was the second of Blaney’s career after his pole-winning run earlier this season at Kansas Speedway.
 
“It was a good run for us; we got better each round,” Blaney said. “I really didn’t it would be enough. I didn’t think I got the best lap. I tried to get more on my second lap and messed up. It’s really cool. We started second here in the spring race and it’s nice to be on the pole here. Getting a pole on a short track, I never thought I’d be doing that. It’s a good start to the weekend and hopefully we can just keep it going.
 
“Anytime you can have a good Friday it starts your weekend off well. It’s a just a matter of keep building on it and getting our race car better and better and where it should be.”
 
Blaney is 22 points below the playoff cutline for the final Championship 4 spot next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
Fellow playoff driver Denny Hamlin will start outside the front row after his lap of 137.936 mph.
 
“It was just short of being great,” Hamlin said of his lap.
 
Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.
 
Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Daniel Suarez completed the first 10 qualifiers.
 
It was a tough qualifying session for Brad Keselowski, who comes into the race 19 points ahead of Hamlin in the playoff standings and holding the final Championship 4 berth.
 
Keselowski failed to make it out of round two in qualifying and will start Sunday’s race from the 16th position.
 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and teams will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday.

 

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