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Ryan Blaney on pole for Can-Am 500

The environment solar made it tricky for drivers at Phoenix Raceway, however Ryan Blaney fought off the glare Friday to seize the pole place.

Ryan Blaney

The environment solar made it tricky for drivers at Phoenix Raceway, however Ryan Blaney fought off the glare Friday to seize the pole place for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500.

Blaney might be joined via Denny Hamlin on the entrance row as Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. spherical out the highest 5 for the penultimate race of the 2017 NASCAR season.

“That was a good run for us,” Blaney advised NBC Sports. “Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to be enough… But this is cool. A good start to the weekend and hopefully we can keep it going.”

The Can-Am 500 starts at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Nov. 12 and can also be observed on NBC and the NBC Sports app.

All 8 drivers nonetheless alive in NASCAR’s playoffs were given in the course of the first spherical of qualifying, however Brad Keselowski didn’t make it out of Round 2. Keselowski, who’s fourth within the playoffs standings, certified 16th for Sunday’s race. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who’s retiring after subsequent Sunday’s ultimate race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, certified 14th for Sunday’s race in Phoenix. 

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Truex have already clinched a place in subsequent weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship race at Homestead. Five drivers are contending for the general name race spot with Keselowski preserving a comfy 19-point lead over Hamlin. Blaney, Elliott and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson most likely want a win in the event that they hope to advance to the championship tournament. 

Capturing the pole undoubtedly is helping Blaney’s probabilities.

NASCAR Cup Series playoffs standings

Kyle Busch (win)
Kevin Harvick (win)
Martin Truex Jr. (issues)
Brad Keselowski +19

Denny Hamlin -19
Ryan Blaney -22
Chase Elliott -49
Jimmie Johnson -51

Starting lineup for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix

1. Ryan Blaney
2. Denny Hamlin
three. Kyle Larson
four. Chase Elliott
five. Martin Truex Jr. 
6. Kevin Harvick 
7. Matt Kenseth 
eight. Kyle Busch 
nine. Joey Logano
10. Daniel Suarez
11. Erik Jones
12. Jimmie Johnson
13. Jamie McMurray 
14. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
15. Kurt Busch
16. Brad Keselowski 
17. Kasey Kahne
18. Ryan Newman
19. Paul Menard
20. Clint Bowyer
21. Austin Dillon
22. Aric Almirola
23. AJ Allmendinger
24. Danica Patrick
25. Trevor Bayne
26. David Ragan
27. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
28. Michael McDowell
29. Ty Dillon
30. Matt DiBenedetto
31. Chris Buescher
32. Landon Cassill 
33. Corey Lejoie
34. Cole Whitt
35. Joey Gase
36. David Starr
37. D.J. Kennington
38. Jeffrey Earnhardt 
39. Kyle Weatherman
40. Derrike Cope 

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