Blaney captures pole position in Las Vegas

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Blaney earned his third career pole with a lap at 191.489 miles per hour in his Team Penske Ford at a windy Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Blaney blazed through the final round of knockout qualifying for his first pole of the young season and his first since late past year in Phoenix.

"I thought our auto was pretty good, but I didn't know if we had pole speed", Blaney said. "It was really fast past year, but you never really know". But I think it's definitely interesting to learn something new and try to make yourself better. "That's something we've been working really hard on for the last couple of years, and it's paying off".

Kevin Harvick, who won last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, will start second in the No. 4 Jimmy John's Ford.

Blaney earned his third career pole with a lap at 191.489 miles per hour in his Team Penske Ford on a windy Friday night. Las Vegas native Kurt Busch qualified right behind Harvick at 190.067 miles per hour in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, while Martin Truex Jr. drove his Furniture Row Racing Toyota into fourth.

Larson passed Blaney on a slick move with 73 laps to go, but lost his top spot with a slow pit stop under caution moments later after Austin Cindric wrecked.

FORD IS FAST: For the second straight weeks, Fords locked down the top three spots in qualifying.

Las Vegan Kyle Busch, who will be trying to win his hometown race for the second time, will line up 13th after posting a qualifying speed of 188.838. Blaney, piloting the No. 12 Menards / Pennzoil Ford with Penske Racing, posted a 28.200, 191.489 mph.in the final round of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying.

Jimmie Johnson is the most successful driver at the 1.5-mile speedway with four wins - the last in 2010 - six top-fives and nine top-10 finishes and he also tops the series in driver rating (112), laps led (582), laps running in the top-15 (76.7 percent), fastest laps (445) and quality passes (496) at the track. "I like this place", Blaney said.

"You had to be really careful just to get into Turn 3 and not get off the racetrack with the wind blowing in that direction", Harvick said.

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