CLOSEPaul Menard wins Cup pole in Chicagoland qualifying

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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) —  Paul Menard gained the pole Saturday for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

It’s the second one occupation pole for Menard, who has only one top-five end this season. He additionally certified first for a race at Daytona virtually precisely 10 years in the past.

“Ten years, it goes by quick. I feel old now,” the 37-year-old Menard stated with a wry grin.

Menard grew to become a lap at 180.zero12 mph in his No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford. He has one occupation win, taking the 2011 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Ryan Blaney joined Menard at the entrance row. Blaney used to be 2nd at 179.880 mph in his No. 12 Team Penske Ford.

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Blaney drove Menard’s automotive with Wood Brothers Racing in the former two seasons.

“We’ll see,” Blaney stated. “It’s always up in the air. … It’s always good to have raw speed in the car like that for qualifying and you just hope it carries over.”

Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch rounded out the highest 5. Martin Truex Jr., who has gained the ultimate two NASCAR Cup Series races at Chicagoland, certified 12th on Saturday.

“Not bad,” Hamlin stated. “We got a little better each round. It was good. The balance of the car wasn’t too far off.”

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