Blaney 200-mph Texas pole; all 4 Stewart Haas cars in top 7


Brad Keselowski, who like Blaney is out of championship contention, qualified fifth. The highest-qualifying non-Ford was the No. 11 Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin.

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Blaney earns pole at Texas after going 200.505 mph during NASCAR Cup qualifying; all 4 Stewart Haas drivers

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) ‘ Clint Bowyer went more than 200 mph like polesitter Ryan Blaney during NASCAR Cup qualifying at Texas.

“It’s so hard to sit here and explain to somebody what that lap feels like, and the adjustments you have to make,” Bowyer said. “You have to be committed. You can’t just feel it out at that point.”

Blaney earned the pole Friday at 200.505 mph at the 1 1/2-mile Texas track, just ahead of Bowyer’s 200.230 mph lap that was the fastest of the eight contenders still alive in the playoff.

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Ryan Blaney tops 200 mph to take Texas pole; all 4 Stewart

FORT WORTH, Texas — Clint Bowyer went faster than 200 mph, just as pole sitter Ryan Blaney did during NASCAR Cup qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday.

“Really fast lap after leaving Martinsville, of all places,” Bowyer said, referring to last week’s race at the half-mile paper-clip-shaped track.

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All four Stewart-Haas drivers were the top qualifiers among the championship contenders. Bowyer led the way, with teammates Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola in the second row. Kurt Busch, who was going for his third consecutive poll at Texas, qualified seventh.

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Blaney 200-mph Texas pole; all 4 Stewart Haas cars in top 7

The only non-Ford in the top seven was the No. 11 Toyota of non-playoff driver Denny Hamlin in the sixth spot.

Joey Logano, who is already locked into the season finale at Homestead after his win at Martinsville last week, qualified eighth, with Kyle Busch 10th.

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In qualifying at Texas last November, Busch ran 200.915 mph on his only lap in the final round of qualifying to set the track record. Five drivers qualified at more than 200 mph for that race.

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Elliott was the worst of the playoff qualifiers at Texas for the second year in a row. Last fall at Texas, seven of the eight championship contenders started in the top 10 spots. The only one that didn’t was Elliott, who was among seven drivers who didn’t make any qualifying laps after not making it through tech inspection in time. He started 34th, and went on to finish eighth.

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Stewart-Haas Racing drivers qualify well at Texas Motor Speedway

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kurt Busch heads down the front stretch at Texas Motor Speedway during practice Friday.

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FORT WORTH, Texas ‘ Ryan Blaney turned a lap at 200.505 mph Friday at Texas Motor Speedway to earn the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the 1.5-mile oval.

Clint Bowyer will join Blaney on the front row in the starting lineup after joining him in the 200 mph club during qualifying.

Blaney described Friday’s fast lap, which took just less than 27 seconds to complete, as almost like holding his breath. He won his third pole this season and the fifth of his Cup Series career.

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Kevin Harvick tops 204 mph to lead Talladega Cup practice

‘I thought we had it lost there,’ Haley said in victory lane on Fox Sports 1. ‘I didn’t quite maximize my pit road. God stuck with me, kept my faith behind me.’

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‘Just heartbroken.’ Gilliland said in the media center after the race. ‘Kind of disbelief. You’re half a lap away from your first win.’

Before he ran out of fuel, the team told him they would be good to the Lap 150 mark, which would have been three laps past the scheduled distance.

HEARTBREAK! Race leader @ToddGilliland_ slows on the final lap’ @Justin_Haley_ is going to win at Texas! #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/gDzcuTitkt

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