Blaney wins pole in Texas

Blaney gets a gun for winning the pole
Blaney gets a gun for winning the pole

Penske driver Ryan Blaney won the Pole Award for the 14th Annual AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 26.932 seconds, at a speed of 200.505 mph. Blaney led a Ford 1-2-3-4-5 and 8 of the top-10. This is the year of Ford in NASCAR and their domination continues.

Three Stewart-Haas teammates still competing in the NASCAR Playoffs followed Blaney — Clint Bowyer was second in the No. 14 (200.230 mph), Kevin Harvick was third in the No. 4 (199.941 mph) and Aric Almirola was fourth in the No. 10 (199.778 mph).

Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five in the three-round knockout qualifying for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]Of the remaining Round of 8 Playoff drivers, three more qualified among the top 10 — Kurt Busch was seventh in the No. 41 SHR Ford (199.225 mph), Joey Logano was eighth in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford (199.086 mph) and Kyle Busch was 10th in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (198.705).

Two of the playoff drivers did not advance to the final round: Martin Truex Jr., who qualified 13th in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, and Chase Elliott, who qualified 16th in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Elliott enters Sunday’s race ranked sixth among the eight playoff drivers, 31 points below the cut line; Truex is third, 25 points above the cut line.

Ryan Blaney

The red flag came out briefly near the end of Round 1 when No. 38 David Ragan spun coming out of Turn 4 and through the infield grass. He had qualified 27th before the incident.

Sunday’s running of the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway will air on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App beginning at 3:00 pm ET. The green flag is expected to waive at 3:16 pm ET. The AAA Texas 500 is scheduled to go 334 laps which equals to 501 miles.

Kyle Busch is the most recent MENCS winner at Texas while Kevin Harvick went to victory lane here last fall.

Qualifying Results

Pos No. Driver Car Time Speed
1 12 Ryan Blaney Accella/Carlisle Ford 26.932 200.505
2 14 Clint Bowyer (P) Rush Truck Centers/Mobil Delvac 1 Ford 26.969 200.230
3 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Mobil 1 Ford 27.008 199.941
4 10 Aric Almirola (P) Smithfield Spirals Ford 27.030 199.778
5 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth Ford 27.064 199.527
6 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 27.101 199.255
7 41 Kurt Busch (P) State Water Heaters Ford 27.105 199.225
8 22 Joey Logano (P) AAA Insurance Ford 27.124 199.086
9 24 William Byron # Hendrick Autoguard Chevrolet 27.126 199.071
10 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Toyota 27.176 198.705
11 21 Paul Menard Menards/Cardell Ford 27.279 197.954
12 20 Erik Jones Sport Clips Toyota 27.293 197.853
13 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota 27.278 197.962
14 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Next Gen Excavator Chevrolet 27.283 197.925
15 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Rehydrate Ford 27.312 197.715
16 9 Chase Elliott (P) Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet 27.316 197.686
17 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 27.329 197.592
18 88 Alex Bowman Axalta Chevrolet 27.336 197.542
19 19 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Toyota 27.356 197.397
20 1 Jamie McMurray Sherwin-Williams Chevrolet 27.358 197.383
21 37 Chris Buescher Clorox Chevrolet 27.399 197.087
22 42 Kyle Larson DC Solar Chevrolet 27.437 196.815
23 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet 27.449 196.728
24 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Military Chevrolet 27.479 196.514
25 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 27.550 196.007
26 3 Austin Dillon Dow NORKOOL Chevrolet 27.646 195.327
27 38 David Ragan Earthwater Ford 27.661 195.221
28 95 Regan Smith Procore Chevrolet 27.728 194.749
29 34 Michael McDowell Love's/Luber Finer Ford 27.767 194.475
30 43 Bubba Wallace # NASCAR Racing Experience Chevrolet 27.778 194.398
31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Can-Am/Wholey Ford 28.066 192.404
32 00 Landon Cassill(i) Brookshire's Chevrolet 28.148 191.843
33 15 Ross Chastain Low T Center Chevrolet 28.228 191.299
34 96 Parker Kligerman(i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 28.256 191.110
35 23 JJ Yeley(i) maximum elevation off-road Toyota 28.381 190.268
36 99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Fiber Chevrolet 28.538 189.221
37 72 Corey LaJoie Gas Monkey Garage Chevrolet 28.598 188.824
38 7 Reed Sorenson(i) Sustainable Quarry Crypto Mining Chevrolet 28.785 187.598
39 51 Joey Gase(i) Jacob Companies/Donate Life Texas Ford 29.496 183.076
40 97 David Starr(i) Toyota 29.784 181.305

Failing to qualify was Timmy Hill.
# DENOTES ROOKIE
(I) NOT ELIGIBLE FOR POINTS
(*) REQUIRED TO QUALIFY ON TIME

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