NASCAR Cup Series

Ryan Blaney wins Cup Series pole at Phoenix Raceway

Ryan Blaney won the Busch Light Pole Award for Sunday’s Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway with a qualifying speed of 132.709 mph on Saturday.

Joining him on the front row will be Denny Hamlin, who had the fastest lap on the board until Blaney knocked him off as the final car on the track.

“Really good MAYTAG Menards Ford Mustang all day, really,” Blaney told FOX Sports. “Good in race trim, was happy, obviously, with the speed in qualifying. I thought you were going to have to run a little quicker (in the second round) and I saw everyone not going as fast.

“I was like, ‘well, let me just try to hit the same lap I did (in the first round).’ I gave a little bit back off (Turn) 4 and that had me nervous, but (I) had enough cushion.”

Rounding out the top five behind Blaney and Hamlin were William Byron, last week’s pole sitter Christopher Bell and Aric Almirola.

Chase Briscoe, Kyle Larson, Austin Cindric, Alex Bowman and Joey Logano completed the top 10.

Logano was first out in the second round of qualifying after clocking fifth-fastest in Group A but went for a slide off of Turn 4, contacting the outside wall and relegating him to the back of the top 10.

Nine-time Phoenix winner Kevin Harvick will line up 16th, while defending race winner Martin Truex Jr. will start 20th.

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