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Ryan Blaney: Wins Pennzoil 400 Pole Position

Ryan Blaney: Wins Pennzoil 400 Pole Position”

Ryan Blaney captured his third career pole and his first at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when the driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Ford cruised around the track at 191.489 miles per hour Friday in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying.

The pole-winning run saw Blaney put down a 191.489 miles per hour lap to easily edge Kevin Harvick (190.248 mph), who won the race a week ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The No.12 had been third and second quickest in the previous two rounds.

BC-CAR-NASCAR-Vegas-Qualifying, 226 Ryan Blaney claims Vegas pole; Harvick still fast in 2ndEds: APNewsNow. "I was just hanging on", he told reporters after the session.

Ryan Blaney: Wins Pennzoil 400 Pole Position

"The wind was insane, it kept blowing you around into [Turn] 3. It would be really nice to get a win this early in the season".

Even though the construction has cleared, expect traffic jams this weekend as more than 100,000 NASCAR fans descend on the speedway for a long weekend of racing events that wrap up Sunday with the Pennzoil 400.

Kurt Busch gave Ford a 1-2-3 sweep by clocking in third fastest at 190.067. Las Vegas native Kurt Busch qualified right behind Harvick at 190.067 miles per hour, while Martin Truex Jr. drove his Toyota into fourth. Truex is the defending race victor. Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones and Joey Logano completed the top 10. 26th; Aric Almirola 29th and Cole Custer will start 30th in his Cup Series debut.

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