NASCAR starting lineup at Texas: Ryan Blaney wins third pole of season

Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney (Getty Images)

Ryan Blaney may be out of NASCAR’s playoffs, but he is driving great right now. He won his third pole of the season at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, averaging 200.505 mph in qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET Sunday, NBCSN).

“Even though we’re out of the playoff we want to go and obviously win races,” Blaney told NBCSN after his run. “Our car’s been really fast all day, so hopefully we can keep it.”

Clint Bowyer will start second while Kevin Harvick will be third.

Martin Truex Jr. missed out on the final qualifying round when Aric Almirola knocked him off in the final minute. He will start 13th.

Chase Elliott will start 16th after he was dissatisfied with how his car was moving during the second round.

NASCAR starting lineup for the AAA Texas 500

Position, (car number), driver, manufacturer, speed
1. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 200.505 mph.
2. (14) Clint Bowyer (P) @, Ford, 200.230 mph.
3. (4) Kevin Harvick (P) @, Ford, 199.941 mph.
4. (10) Aric Almirola (P) @, Ford, 199.778 mph.
5. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 199.527 mph.
6. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 199.255 mph.
7. (41) Kurt Busch (P) @, Ford, 199.225 mph.
8. (22) Joey Logano (P) @, Ford, 199.086 mph.
9. (24) William Byron #, Chevrolet, 199.071 mph.
10. (18) Kyle Busch (P) @, Toyota, 198.705 mph.
11. (21) Paul Menard, Ford, 197.954 mph.
12. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota, 197.853 mph.
13. (78) Martin Truex Jr. (P) @, Toyota, 197.962 mph.
14. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 197.925 mph.
15. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 197.715 mph.
16. (9) Chase Elliott (P) @, Chevrolet, 197.686 mph.
17. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 197.592 mph.
18. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 197.542 mph.
19. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 197.397 mph.
20. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 197.383 mph.
21. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 197.087 mph.
22. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 196.815 mph.
23. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 196.728 mph.
24. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 196.514 mph.
25. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 196.007 mph.
26. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 195.327 mph.
27. (38) David Ragan, Ford, 195.221 mph.
28. (95) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 194.749 mph.
29. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, 194.475 mph.
30. (43) Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. #, Chevrolet, 194.398 mph.
31. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 192.404 mph.
32. (00) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 191.843 mph.
33. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 191.299 mph.
34. (96) Parker Kligerman(i), Toyota, 191.110 mph.
35. (23) JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, 190.268 mph.
36. (99) Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet, 189.221 mph.
37. (72) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 188.824 mph.
38. (7) Reed Sorenson(i), Chevrolet, 187.598 mph.
39. (51) Joey Gase(i), Ford, 183.076 mph.
40. (97) David Starr(i), Toyota, 181.305 mph.

Did not qualify
41. (66)  Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, 0.000 mph.

(P) Playoff driver.
@ Round of 8 driver.
# Rookie.
(i) Ineligible for series points.

Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used in this report.