Truex Wins Phoenix Pole

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. will sit on the pole for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at ISM Speedway on Sunday.  The defending series champion turned a lap at 136.945 mph in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota in the last of three rounds of qualifying on the mile oval.

The defending series champion turned a lap at 136.945 mph in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota in the last of three rounds of qualifying on the mile oval. He edged Kyle Larson in 84-degree afternoon heat for his 16th career pole and second at Phoenix.

”We’ve qualified well here in the past, but we’ve been kind of been searching for those last couple spots,” Truex said. ”We were fifth here in the fall and that was about all we can do. Just a good game plan and good execution by everybody. Definitely a fun day.”

Kyle Larson took the second spot at 136.643 mph for Chip Ganassi Racing after topping the second session.  Chase Elliott was third, followed by Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Erik Jones and Kevin Harvick. Harvick has a track-record eight victories and is coming off wins the last two weeks in Atlanta and Las Vegas.

”I look at making the final round as an accomplishment for me,” Harvick said. ”My cars are always faster than the driver when we come to Phoenix qualifying sessions. Today was another Phoenix qualifying session where I messed it up. I got through 1 and 2, where I had been struggling, good and just got off the brake too soon and got it up the racetrack.”

Jimmie Johnson ended up 17th after topping the first round. The seven-time season champion is winless in 26 races, the longest drought of his career. He has four victories at Phoenix.

Larson was the fastest in practice and topped the second round for Chip Ganassi Racing.

”We’ve been fast here the last few years, so it would be nice to close out the weekend with a win,” Larson said.

ime Trial Results
ISM Raceway
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Driver Date Time Speed
Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson 11/15/15 25.147 143.158
Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
Qualifying Round: 3
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. 5-hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota 26.288 136.945 1 2 0.000 0.000
2 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 26.346 136.643 1 2 0.058 0.058
3 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 26.446 136.126 1 2 0.158 0.100
4 88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Chevrolet 26.455 136.080 1 3 0.167 0.009
5 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 26.481 135.947 2 2 0.193 0.026
6 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 26.490 135.900 1 2 0.202 0.009
7 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota 26.496 135.870 1 2 0.208 0.006
8 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 26.497 135.864 2 2 0.209 0.001
9 20 Erik Jones Sport Clips Toyota 26.504 135.829 1 2 0.216 0.007
10 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford 26.564 135.522 1 1 0.276 0.060
11 24 William Byron # AXALTA Chevrolet 26.708 134.791 1 2 0.420 0.144
12 12 Ryan Blaney DeVilbiss Ford 26.711 134.776 1 2 0.423 0.003
Qualifying Round: 2
1 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 26.400 136.364 1 1 0.000 0.000
2 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 26.406 136.333 1 1 0.006 0.006
3 88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Chevrolet 26.439 136.162 1 1 0.039 0.033
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 26.445 136.132 2 2 0.045 0.006
5 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota 26.484 135.931 1 1 0.084 0.039
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. 5-hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota 26.497 135.864 1 1 0.097 0.013
7 20 Erik Jones Sport Clips Toyota 26.523 135.731 2 2 0.123 0.026
8 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 26.551 135.588 2 2 0.151 0.028
9 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 26.566 135.512 1 1 0.166 0.015
10 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford 26.596 135.359 1 2 0.196 0.030
11 12 Ryan Blaney DeVilbiss Ford 26.614 135.267 1 2 0.214 0.018
12 24 William Byron # AXALTA Chevrolet 26.614 135.267 4 4 0.214 0.000
13 31 Ryan Newman Grainger Chevrolet 26.615 135.262 2 2 0.215 0.001
14 21 Paul Menard Menards/Dutch Boy Ford 26.631 135.181 1 4 0.231 0.016
15 19 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Toyota 26.652 135.074 2 2 0.252 0.021
16 38 David Ragan MDS Transport Ford 26.664 135.014 1 2 0.264 0.012
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet 26.665 135.008 2 2 0.265 0.001
18 3 Austin Dillon Dow Chevrolet 26.667 134.998 4 5 0.267 0.002
19 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford 26.726 134.700 1 2 0.326 0.059
20 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 26.809 134.283 1 1 0.409 0.083
21 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 26.818 134.238 2 2 0.418 0.009
22 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 26.850 134.078 2 2 0.450 0.032
23 41 Kurt Busch Mobil 1/Haas Automation Ford 26.913 133.764 2 2 0.513 0.063
24 37 Chris Buescher Scott Towels Chevrolet 26.953 133.566 1 1 0.553 0.040
Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
Qualifying Round: 1
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet 26.544 135.624 1 1 0.000 0.000
2 20 Erik Jones Sport Clips Toyota 26.653 135.069 2 2 0.109 0.109
3 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 26.655 135.059 1 1 0.111 0.002
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 26.682 134.922 1 1 0.138 0.027
5 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota 26.685 134.907 1 1 0.141 0.003
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. 5-hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota 26.704 134.811 1 1 0.160 0.019
7 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 26.706 134.801 1 1 0.162 0.002
8 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 26.717 134.746 1 1 0.173 0.011
9 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 26.766 134.499 2 2 0.222 0.049
10 88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Chevrolet 26.770 134.479 2 2 0.226 0.004
11 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford 26.771 134.474 2 2 0.227 0.001
12 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford 26.772 134.469 2 2 0.228 0.001
13 31 Ryan Newman Grainger Chevrolet 26.780 134.429 1 1 0.236 0.008
14 21 Paul Menard Menards/Dutch Boy Ford 26.800 134.328 2 2 0.256 0.020
15 24 William Byron # AXALTA Chevrolet 26.829 134.183 1 2 0.285 0.029
16 12 Ryan Blaney DeVilbiss Ford 26.840 134.128 1 2 0.296 0.011
17 3 Austin Dillon Dow Chevrolet 26.914 133.759 1 2 0.370 0.074
18 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 26.930 133.680 2 2 0.386 0.016
19 19 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Toyota 26.932 133.670 2 2 0.388 0.002
20 38 David Ragan MDS Transport Ford 26.938 133.640 2 2 0.394 0.006
21 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 26.939 133.635 2 2 0.395 0.001
22 41 Kurt Busch Mobil 1/Haas Automation Ford 26.940 133.630 4 4 0.396 0.001
23 37 Chris Buescher Scott Towels Chevrolet 26.941 133.625 4 4 0.397 0.001
24 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 26.953 133.566 2 3 0.409 0.012
25 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 27.012 133.274 1 2 0.468 0.059
26 95 Kasey Kahne WRL General Contractors Chevrolet 27.024 133.215 2 6 0.480 0.012
27 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. # Click n' Close Chevrolet 27.057 133.052 4 5 0.513 0.033
28 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 27.065 133.013 4 8 0.521 0.008
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 27.084 132.920 1 1 0.540 0.019
30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Zynga Poker Ford 27.150 132.597 2 2 0.606 0.066
31 34 Michael McDowell K-Love Radio Ford 27.305 131.844 3 3 0.761 0.155
32 23 Gray Gaulding Earthwater Toyota 27.542 130.709 2 2 0.998 0.237
33 72 Corey LaJoie Schluter-Systems Chevrolet 27.612 130.378 3 4 1.068 0.070
34 * 96 DJ Kennington Northern Provincial Pipe/Wilride Transport 27.757 129.697 2 3 1.213 0.145
35 51 Timmy Hill(i) RWR Chevrolet 27.931 128.889 3 3 1.387 0.174
36 15 Ross Chastain(i) LowT Center Chevrolet 28.004 128.553 1 1 1.460 0.073
37 00 Jeffrey Earnhardt VRX Simulators Chevrolet 0.000 0.000 0 0 ----- -----

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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