By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Ryan Blaney was fast all day on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, and it culminated in a pole position for the 24-year-old driver after a 200.505mph lap in qualifying for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.

Blaney, who drives the No. 12 Ford Fusion for Team Penske, was happy to take the pole position, especially after missing his marks in the second of three rounds of qualifying. Continue reading “Blaney Tops 200 mph For Texas Pole, Bowyer to start second”

By: Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — NASCAR has reduced downforce on the race cars in recent years, and Texas Motor Speedway knocked the banking down on one set of the turns at their 1.5-mile speedway, so you would expect naturally that cars would be pacing around at a slower clip. However, in Friday’s qualifying session for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, five drivers eclipsed the 200-mile-per-hour barrier and shattering the old track qualifying record.

While the speed chart is exciting for fans, some drivers left the session a little shook by the incredible speeds that they were running in the session.
Continue reading “Hamlin, Other Drivers Uncomfortable With High Texas Qualifying Speeds”

By: Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kurt Busch rocketed to the pole for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a lap that broke a track record and was just shy of a 201 mile-per-hour average.

Busch, 39, was excited to come out on top on an exhilarating day where top speeds were enough to make mortals tinkle in their pants, but interestingly in his post-qualifying press conference, Busch seemed to have one thing on his mind — his pending contract negotiation with his current team Stewart-Haas Racing.
Continue reading “Kurt Busch Wins Texas Pole, But Contract Negotiations on His Mind”

Kobalt 400 - Practice1 78 Martin Truex Jr (C) Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota 49.508 193.423
2 2 Brad Keselowski (C) Miller Lite Ford 49.523 193.365
3 20 Matt Kenseth (C) DeWalt Flexvolt Toyota 49.568 193.189
4 24 Chase Elliott # (C) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 49.574 193.166
5 16 Greg Biffle Cheez-it Ford 49.585 193.123
6 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Zest Ford 49.623 192.975
7 41 Kurt Busch (C) Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevrolet 49.682 192.746
8 11 Denny Hamlin (C) FedEx Ground Toyota 49.717 192.610
9 3 Austin Dillon (C) American Ethanol Chevrolet 49.829 192.177
10 27 Paul Menard SYLVANIA/Menards Chevrolet 49.843 192.123
11 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 49.865 192.039
12 55 Reed Sorenson Toyota 50.855 188.300
13 19 Carl Edwards (C) Subway Toyota 49.841 192.131
14 18 Kyle Busch (C) Snickers Halloween Toyota 49.865 192.039
15 21 Ryan Blaney # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 49.865 192.039
16 22 Joey Logano (C) Shell Pennzoil Ford 49.872 192.012
17 48 Jimmie Johnson (C) Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet 49.952 191.704
18 99 Ryan Reed(i) LillyDiabetes/AmericanDiabetesAssctn Ford 49.953 191.700
19 88 Alex Bowman(i) Mountain Dew Chevrolet 49.972 191.627
20 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 50.014 191.466
21 14 Tony Stewart Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 50.146 190.962
22 4 Kevin Harvick (C) Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 50.197 190.768
23 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 50.296 190.393
24 42 Kyle Larson Energizer Chevrolet 50.357 190.162
25 44 Brian Scott # Goody’s Ford 50.393 190.026
26 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 50.399 190.004
27 5 Kasey Kahne UniFirst Chevrolet 50.429 189.891
28 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 50.465 189.755
29 7 Regan Smith Golden Corral Chevrolet 50.483 189.688
30 10 Danica Patrick Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet 50.495 189.643
31 38 Landon Cassill FR8 Auctions Ford 50.503 189.612
32 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Scott Products Chevrolet 50.529 189.515
33 34 Chris Buescher # Love’s Travel Stops Ford 50.602 189.242
34 95 Michael McDowell KLOVE Radio Chevrolet 50.727 188.775
35 93 Matt DiBenedetto Dustless Blasting Toyota 50.823 188.419
36 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Chevrolet 50.913 188.086
37 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 50.938 187.993
38 32 Bobby Labonte VisoneRV.com Ford 51.108 187.368
39 83 Jeffrey Earnhardt # Starter Toyota 51.273 186.765
40 23 David Ragan sweetFrog Toyota 51.385 186.358

cms_100616_14NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Bank of America 500
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord, North Carolina
Thursday, October 6, 2016

1. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 196.029 mph.
2. (88) Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, 196.000 mph.
3. (24) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 195.759 mph.
4. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 195.228 mph.
5. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 195.228 mph.
6. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 195.087 mph.
7. (78) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 194.826 mph.
8. (19) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 194.553 mph.
9. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 194.168 mph.
10. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 194.049 mph.
11. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 192.630 mph.
12. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 188.547 mph.
13. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 194.161 mph.
14. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 194.007 mph.
15. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 193.966 mph.
16. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 193.868 mph.
17. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 193.791 mph.
18. (21) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 193.736 mph.
19. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 193.722 mph.
20. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 193.625 mph.
21. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 193.209 mph.
22. (95) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 193.009 mph.
23. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 192.205 mph.
24. (83) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 191.489 mph.
25. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 191.980 mph.
26. (34) Chris Buescher #, Ford, 191.829 mph.
27. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 191.544 mph.
28. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 191.530 mph.
29. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 191.469 mph.
30. (44) Brian Scott #, Ford, 191.381 mph.
31. (15) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 190.954 mph.
32. (38) Landon Cassill, Ford, 190.617 mph.
33. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 190.564 mph.
34. (23) David Ragan, Toyota, 190.054 mph.
35. (7) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 188.864 mph.
36. (98) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 186.002 mph.
37. (46) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 185.976 mph.
38. (32) Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Ford, 185.039 mph.
39. (55) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 183.673 mph.
40. (30) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 183.343 mph.

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mis_nscs_logano_clpa_082616NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Pure Michigan 400
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Friday, August 26, 2016

1. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 201.698 mph.
2. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 201.523 mph.
3. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 201.416 mph.
4. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 201.382 mph.
5. (24) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 201.303 mph.
6. (88) Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, 201.207 mph.
7. (21) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 201.202 mph.
8. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 201.039 mph.
9. (19) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 201.005 mph.
10. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 200.462 mph.
11. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 200.028 mph.
12. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 199.341 mph.
13. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 200.390 mph.
14. (78) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 200.356 mph.
15. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 200.323 mph.
16. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200.245 mph.
17. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 200.106 mph.
18. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 200.017 mph.
19. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 199.253 mph.
20. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 199.203 mph.
21. (34) Chris Buescher #, Ford, 198.912 mph.
22. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 198.791 mph.
23. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 198.747 mph.
24. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 198.183 mph.
25. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 198.265 mph.
26. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 198.178 mph.
27. (15) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 198.129 mph.
28. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 197.553 mph.
29. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 197.509 mph.
30. (44) Brian Scott #, Ford, 196.105 mph.
31. (7) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 196.084 mph.
32. (23) David Ragan, Toyota, 196.057 mph.
33. (38) Landon Cassill, Ford, 195.567 mph.
34. (83) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 195.159 mph.
35. (95) Sam Hornish Jr.(i), Chevrolet, 194.458 mph.
36. (46) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 192.838 mph.
37. (98) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 192.072 mph.
38. (30) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 191.939 mph.
39. (55) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 188.966 mph.
40. (32) Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Ford, 0.000 mph.

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Carl Edwards Bristol PoleNASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol, Tennessee
Friday, August 19, 2016
1. (19) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 131.407 mph.
2. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 131.200 mph.
3. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 130.931 mph.
4. (21) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 130.637 mph.
5. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 130.619 mph. Continue reading “2016 NASCAR Cup Series Bristol Starting Lineup – Carl Edwards On Pole”