With a remit from clever gusts in a final spin of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout subordinate on Friday during Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ryan Blaney posted a fastest path of a day to acquire a stick position for a third competition of a season.
After covering a 1.5-mile stretch in 28.200 seconds (191.489 mph) — a fastest path of a day– Blaney will lead a margin to a immature dwindle in a No. 12 Team Penske Ford in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM).
Kevin Harvick was second fastest in a income spin during 190.248 mph. Kurt Busch, Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, finished a Ford brush of a tip 3 starting positions after a path during 190.067 mph.
“Our group did a good pursuit of removing us prepared from spin to round,” pronounced Blaney, who scored his initial stick with Team Penske and a third of his career.
On his first-round lap, Blaney felt a outrageous breeze of breeze as he approached spin one, though a breeze abated during his runs in a second and final rounds.
“I got blown off into spin one in a initial round, though afterwards in a subsequent dual rounds we didn’t unequivocally feel it,” Blaney said. “The final one, we didn’t get a large breeze of wind, and we was means to put together a flattering decent lap.
“I suspicion a Ford was flattering good over 3 rounds. The second and third rounds were unequivocally good. They (the team) done unequivocally good changes to a competition automobile and got us where we indispensable to be. It’s good to know we have some good speed, and now it’s about removing it racing well. We’ll work on that Saturday. Hopefully we’ll be set adult for Sunday.”
Reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and fortifying competition leader Martin Truex Jr. will start fourth in a No. 78 Furniture Row racing Toyota, followed by Kyle Larson in a No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones and Joey Logano, respectively, filled positions 6 by 10 on a grid.
Harvick pronounced a breeze presented issues for a drivers removing into spin three.
“I consider it unequivocally helped us by (turns) one and two,” Harvick said. “I consider we customarily see a lot some-more issues into one and dual than what we had today, and we consider that’s a breeze and a instruction it was floating with all a combined sideforce that we had.
“You had to be unequivocally clever removing into spin three, only adequate to get a automobile adult a competition lane with a breeze floating in that direction.”
Kurt Busch claimed a 12th and final position in a final round, one mark forward of his brother, Kyle Busch, who will start 13th. Kurt afterwards softened to third when it counted.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nevada
Friday, Mar 2, 2018
1. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 191.489 mph.
2. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 190.248 mph.
3. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford, 190.067 mph.
4. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 189.980 mph.
5. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 189.447 mph.
6. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 189.175 mph.
7. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 189.148 mph.
8. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 189.102 mph.
9. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota, 188.719 mph.
10. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 188.640 mph.
11. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 188.469 mph.
12. (21) Paul Menard, Ford, 188.442 mph.
13. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 188.838 mph.
14. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 188.712 mph.
15. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, 188.607 mph.
16. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 188.442 mph.
17. (24) William Byron #, Chevrolet, 188.363 mph.
18. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 187.865 mph.
19. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 187.846 mph.
20. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 187.441 mph.
21. (95) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 187.305 mph.
22. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 187.246 mph.
23. (38) David Ragan, Ford, 187.162 mph.
24. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 186.413 mph.
25. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 187.650 mph.
26. (43) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Chevrolet, 187.546 mph.
27. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 186.916 mph.
28. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 186.335 mph.
29. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford, 186.123 mph.
30. (51) Cole Custer(i), Ford, 185.982 mph.
31. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 185.312 mph.
32. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 185.027 mph.
33. (15) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 183.418 mph.
34. (72) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 182.272 mph.
35. (23) Gray Gaulding, Toyota, 179.241 mph.
36. (00) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 176.292 mph.
37. (55) Joey Gase(i), Chevrolet, 173.628 mph.