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Avondale, Arizona – Kyle Larson won his first pole of the season on Saturday at Phoenix Raceway and will lead the Cup lineup to the green flag on Sunday.
Larson, who was fastest at Friday practice, qualified at 130.237 mph. His result came a day after NASCAR announced that he had taken hood louvres (hood vents) for further evaluation from all four Hendrick Motorsports cars after practice. NASCAR took the hood blinds from Justin Haileycar before Saturday qualifying.
NASCAR said if any penalties are imposed on any of these cars, they will be announced next week. Hendrik had two of the top three cars in qualifying and all four will start in the top 20. Haley qualified 26th.
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Denny Hamlin joins Larson on the front row after the lap at 129.931 mph. Larson’s teammate, William Byronqualified third at 129.922 mph. Brad Keselowski qualified fourth at 129.762 mph. Christopher Bell completed the top five at 129.580 mph. Ross Chastainwho spoke about his team’s struggles in training on Friday, moved up to sixth in qualifying with a score of 129.394.
Josh Berryreplacing the wounded Chase Elliott, qualified 17th with a score of 129.889. In the ninth row, a teammate will join him. Alex Bowman (129.956).
Avondale, Arizona – AJ Allmendinger said he was blown out of the wind and bruised his left leg in a crash last weekend on the last lap of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Olmendinger spun around in the pack and got hit near the door. Ryan Price on the way back.
“It knocked me out and I definitely had a hard time breathing for a while,” Allmendinger said Saturday at Phoenix Raceway. “My (left) foot is still black and blue. My left foot dangled between both pedals. It’s gentle. It’s not terrible. I had to limp all night (after the race) and the next day was a bit difficult. Other than that, I feel good. The leg is still black and blue, but I don’t feel it.
“As big as the blow, I think it could have been worse. It wasn’t terrible.”
Even so, Allmendinger thought about finishing the race. He left for 18th place.
“It took me a second to get the wind back,” Allmendinger said. “Then I sat there and thought to myself, ‘I don’t know who is in this crash, so if this thing starts moving again and gets to (the finish), it might be a position or two. ‘… You just want to finish the race if you can.’
Olmendinger said NASCAR did the right thing by not alerting his contact. NASCAR didn’t because Allmendinger left the scene.
As to what caused his crash, Allmendinger said he had a good restart after changing four tires before the overtime restart.
“I sort of broke through the gap and came up to the white (flag circle in 13th place)… I was four cars wide in front of me and I was following Denny (Hamlin). I went into turn 1, I just tried to take a big run around the turn to immediately push him from behind, hoping that at best I could push him out of the group and then I would have a clear path in (turn) 3.
“We were free at the time and the dirty air just pulled me out of (turn) 2 really fast and didn’t save him.”
#NASCAR … A.J. Olmendinger describes the aftermath of his final lap crash last week in Las Vegas, where he was hit near the door. pic.twitter.com/bevBQlDRg4
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Avondale, Arizona – Chevrolet, which won the first three races of the Cup season, will have five drivers starting in the top ten, including the pole position. Kyle LarsonSunday race at Phoenix Raceway.
Larson’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports William Byron starts third. Also in the top 10 for Chevrolet are Ross Chastain (sixth), Kyle Bush (ninth) and Eric Jones (10th).
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Best Driver Toyota Denny Hamlin, which starts second. best driver ford Brad Keselowskiwho starts fourth.
Chase Briscoewho won this race last year, qualified 24th.
Avondale, Arizona – Cole Custer starts from pole position in Saturday’s Xfinity Series at Phoenix Raceway.
Custer earned his 13th career pole with a 129.959 mph lap. He will be joined in the front row Justin Algayer (129.706 mph). Allgaier finished no worse than third in the first three races of the season.
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Daniel Hemrick (129.287 mph) qualified third, followed by John Hunter Nemechek (129,227) and Sheldon Creed (129.176).
Kyle Bush, running his second race in a row with Kaulig Racing, did not attempt and will start from behind due to unauthorized adjustments. He starts in the last row in 37th place. Parker Kligerman starts last in a field of 38 cars after crashing into a wall while trying.
The Xfinity race is scheduled to receive a green flag at 4:47 pm ET.
Avondale, Arizona. NASCAR’s new short track aerodynamic package debuts this weekend, and after practice Friday, riders were hoping the changes would help improve racing at Phoenix Raceway.
Chevrolet will aim to win its fourth race of the season on Sunday. Chevy drivers open season with Daytona 500 winsRicky Stenhouse Jr.), at the Speedway Auto Club (Kyle Bush) and in Las Vegas (William Byron).
The Phoenix marks the final race in three west coast races.
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