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Ryan Blaney earns Busch Pole Award at ISM Raceway

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Friday, March 8, 2019


Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney will unofficially have the best view of the green flag at ISM Raceway, earning the pole position for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500.

Blaney scored the top spot with a fastest lap of 141.287 mph in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford during the final round of Friday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award qualifying session.

Chase Elliott will start alongside Blaney on the front row with a lap of 140.171 mph for the second starting spot. Denny Hamlin had the third-best lap at 140.007 mph, followed by Kyle Busch in fourth (139.855 mph) and Brad Keselowski (139.849 mph).

Kevin Harvick led the way following the first knockout round as notable drivers such as Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez failed to advance. Blaney also laid down the fastest lap in Round 2.

The biggest incident of the qualifying session occurred when Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell were involved in a physical altercation on pit road following the first round. Suarez qualified 28th, while McDowell will start one spot ahead in 27th.


112Ryan BlaneyMoneyLion Ford25.480141.287
29Chase ElliottHooters Chevrolet25.683140.171
311Denny HamlinFedEx Freight Toyota25.713140.007
418Kyle BuschSkittles Toyota25.741139.855
52Brad KeselowskiAlliance Truck Parts Ford25.742139.849
688Alex BowmanNationwide Chevrolet25.757139.768
724William ByronAxalta Chevrolet25.794139.567
84Kevin HarvickJimmy John's Ford25.823139.411
919Martin Truex Jr.Bass Pro Shops Toyota25.861139.206
1020Erik JonesReser's Fine Foods Toyota25.901138.991
118Daniel Hemric #Okuma Chevrolet25.928138.846
1222Joey LoganoShell Pennzoil Ford25.962138.664
133Austin DillonDow Chevrolet25.924138.867
1410Aric AlmirolaSmithfield Ford25.936138.803
1548Jimmie JohnsonAlly Chevrolet25.936138.803
161Kurt BuschGlobal Poker Chevrolet25.943138.766
1721Paul MenardMenards/Quaker State Ford25.948138.739
186Ryan NewmanOscar Mayer Bacon Ford25.956138.696
1917Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Sunny D Ford25.989138.520
2013Ty DillonGEICO Chevrolet26.005138.435
2147Ryan Preece #Kroger Chevrolet26.025138.329
2237Chris BuescherKroger Flavor Fill Up Chevrolet26.191137.452
2343Bubba WallaceWorld Wide Technology Chevrolet26.289136.939
2432Corey LaJoieSchluter Systems Ford26.310136.830
2595Matt DiBenedettoProcore Toyota26.315136.804
2614Clint BowyerITsavvy Ford26.362136.560
2734Michael McDowellDockside Logistics Ford26.371136.514
2841Daniel SuarezRuckus Ford26.379136.472
2938David RaganSelect Blinds Ford26.382136.457
3036Matt Tifft #Surface Sunscreen/Tunity Ford26.411136.307
3142Kyle LarsonMcDonald's Chevrolet26.709134.786
3200Landon CassillIron Mountain Data Centers Chevrolet26.777134.444
3315Ross Chastain(i)FitStrong Chevrolet26.989133.388
3451Cody Ware #Jacob Companies Chevrolet27.770129.636
3577Quin HouffRim Ryderz Chevrolet28.646125.672
3652Bayley Currey(i)Mtel-One Ford0.0000.000

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