· Four manufacturers have won Coors Light poles at Kansas Speedway; led by Chevrolet with 10; followed by Ford (five), Dodge (four) and Toyota (three).
So Blaney turned a lap of 189.600 miles per hour and claimed the first pole of his three-year Cup career, just ahead of fellow Ford driver Joey Logano, who was at 189.540 miles per hour.
Joey Logano will start second and Martin Truex Jr. third, while drivers that failed to get through inspection will start at the back based on vehicle owner points. Dale Earnhardt Jr. barely kept his No. 88 Chevrolet off the Turn 4 wall in opening practice, with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson fighting for control behind him.
"The only thing I'm not too sure about is how so many cars can not get through", said David Ragan, whose vehicle also failed inspection.
Kyle Busch is a driver you can't ignore when he competes in the truck series.
You might have a budget, or you might have a limit to the amount of times you can pick a given racer.
"I can't offer myself to a Cup team to make more money because I can't go with them to the racetrack", Long said. In 17 races at the track he has four Top-5 finishes and five Top-10 results. They will start the race from the back of the field, but will they struggle or does qualifying order not matter at a track like Kansas? Bowyer, 37, has been competitive this season and ranks ninth in the standings but is still looking for his first win at Kansas and first win anywhere since 2012 at Charlotte, a string of 159 starts without a checkered flag.
Meanwhile, Johnson and Earnhardt will be among those starting at the back. Blaney piloted the vehicle through three intense rounds of qualifying and came out on top in the finals. Johnson should be one of the biggest movers and highest scorers at DraftKings.
Joey Logano, who won the 2014 and 2015 fall races at Kansas, qualified second.
The decision also was driven, in part, to make races more television friendly with the cautions after each stage providing a natural commercial window when there wasn't much on-track action. He will line up on the outside of the front row.
There has been no timeline set for when a decision will be made, but an official says the upcoming 2017 to 2018 season will not be impacted. Not being able to finish well at Talladega, usually his best track, eroded much of the confidence we had left in the soon-to-be retired racer. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe), a non-profit organization that provides hands-on defensive driving workshops in cities nationwide, as an honorary driving instructor for local teenage drivers at his home track. He has one of the safest floors and plenty of upside through place differential. He can reach 30 fantasy points at DraftKings simply by finishing 20th, and his potential just goes up from there. Saturday night should see more of the same from them.
Track: Barcelona Circuit-Catalunya (circuit, 2.9 miles).
Since 2011, the 1 1/2-mile oval has hosted the spring night race, which still hasn't seen a repeat victor. Look for Kahne to deliver a decent finish and pad his score through the place differential category.
Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon and Jamie McMurray completed the top 12.