Rookie Ryan Blaney is in for his first, and his team’s 91st.
|Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Ford at MIS/Dave Marr photo|
Blaney on Friday drove the No. 21 Woods Brothers Ford to the
fifth qualifying position for the Quicken Loans 400 that will be at Michigan
International Speedway on Sunday.
Blaney, whose top qualifying lap was 35.811 seconds at the 2-mile track, will make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup start at the track.
Meanwhile, Wood Brothers will have a car in an MIS Sprint
Cup race for the 91st time in 92 races, including 86 events in a row.
Rain was forecast, and teams practiced in the morning in
qualifying setups, because they expected qualifying to be rained out, in which
case lap times from practice would have set the race field.
If qualifying had been canceled, the No. 21 would have been left out of the race because it hadn’t made enough qualifying attempts this
“Luckily, it cleared out for us,” Blaney, 21, said. “It would
have stung a little bit, knowing how good a car we have.”
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet) won the pole position with a lap time of 35.645. Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet) was second at 35.712
“Our chances of winning Sunday are as good as anybody,”
Blaney said. “The guys we have go into each weekend … thinking we can win the
race. That’s the mindset you have to have.”
Trevor Bayth and 41st.
ne drove the No. 21 in both MIS races in 2014. He
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