NASCAR at Phoenix 2017 Qualifying Results: Ryan Blaney Wins Pole Position

Annette Crawford
November 14, 2017

This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Phoenix International Raceway for the Can-Am 500; the penultimate race of the 2017 championship and the race that will decide who will fill the final spot in the championship four that will fight for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Brad Keselowski can claim the final slot by winning Sunday at Phoenix. Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott will break from Row 2 as the Cup Championship Playoffs' Round of 8 reaches its conclusion.

"We got better each round, which is all you can ask for, really", said Blaney, who won his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season, the second of his career and his first at Phoenix. "We're all thinking of him during his recovery". "Certainly would be a stretch by any means by how we ran today to say we're the favorite, but we are glad to be there, and you never know how those races are going to shake out".

Blaney and Hamlin are among the five remaining championship contenders.

"I really don't know when that started to happen", he said. Hopefully, I'm just as proud of my accomplishments in the booth as I am on the race track.

Truex, who started the Phoenix race fifth in the blue No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry, powered by a TRD engine, basically ran in the top-five for the entire race. "I didn't think they were going to qualify that great, but they typically race pretty well here. I'm confident that starting right there, we should probably be up front all day". The elimination of the seven-time champion means NASCAR will not have a repeat victor.


This may be the last race before the big finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but the narrative heading into the race is not based exclusively on who will win and become NASCAR's newest champion.

Getting the fourth pick of pit stalls should help.

"We really tried today to qualify better here", said Truex. So if Harvick is trying to lean on Truex, he's got the wrong guy. Had Elliott hung on for the win, he would have qualified for the championship finale.

Twelfth-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson is in the same position as Elliott, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate. "I feel like I nearly need to apologize because I've got a pregnant wife, I'm retiring and I just feel like I'm going to break down any minute", Earnhardt said. "Just got in the corner too hard on both ends and I kind of pushed up". So picking up to fifth, I was happy with that.

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