Blaney earns Monster Energy Cup pole

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

His other win? The Coca-Cola 600, where Truex led a record 392 of 400 laps. American Josef Newgarden will start third.

It was somewhat of a fitting win for Truex and his entire team given the circumstances.

"If I don't make it in this game it won't be from lack of effort". "Excited to have Auto-Owners on board - we won with them on the vehicle a year ago in Darlington". It's just incredible. Awesome day, awesome weekend. "There's a lot of room on this track so we'll be just fine". One of these times, these accidents aren't going to be good for me.

Brad Keselowski stormed back from a pit-road penalty that set him a lap down early in the race to take second.

Blaney, who led 83 laps, appeared to have the fastest auto for good portions of the night, but Truex came on strong at the end, passing the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford with less than 30 laps remaining then holding off Blaney on the late restarts. "I don't remember where we finished because it was so heartbreaking", Truex said. "Ben had that race won".

"We ran with the best tonight", said Rhodes, who blamed a piece of debris that went through his radiator for the engine blowing up. "It was an aweseome team effort".

The crash began when a mechanical failure believed to be a broken right-front brake rotor caused Logano's vehicle to veer into Patrick's No. 10 Ford, sending her head-on into the outside Turn 2 wall. However, Almirola had to be extracted through the roof of his auto and was taken to the University of Kansas Medical Center for observation. And while Almirola's hit may have been a freak accident, NASCAR knows it's possible.

Logano and Patrick were treated and released from the infield care center, but Almirola was airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center. Keselowski, Harvick and Blaney went three-wide with Keselowski on the high side, and he made the move stick to finish second. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott rounded out the top-10 on a windy, sun-splashed afternoon.

NEWMAN CONKS OUT: Ryan Newman, a former victor at Kansas, experienced broken engine on lap 158 and finished last.

"This is just, wow, super disappointing", Bowyer said. I get it. If you are off, you are off, but I watched my guys move the vehicle and adjust the auto accordingly for it and then actually overcompensate on it because we were anxious about not making it. We knocked a hole in the grill from a spring rubber or something.

That left just 28 cars for Blaney to beat for the right to start up front.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Martin Truex Jr. finally ended his string of rotten luck at Kansas Speedway.

Blaney started from the pole and won his third stage of the year, leading the field across the line in his No. 21 Ford moments after Ryan Newman had an oil pump problem that forced him out.

Ryan Blaney climbed into his vehicle Friday evening to begin qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway and had a lonely feeling.

Harvick, the 2014 Sprint Cup champion, qualified for the 2016 playoffs by winning the fall race at Kansas Speedway but is still looking for his first win of this season.

The biggest drama came when Chase Elliott hit Michael McDowell trying to exit his pit, causing damage to the right from of the No. 24 auto.

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