Friday, June 12, 2015

Rain holds off, Blaney keeps Wood Brothers streak alive at MIS

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 season.
“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 finished 19

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