Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Report

April 7, 2017


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Track:   Texas Motor Speedway
Race:    O'Reilly Auto Parts 500
Date:    April 7, 2017

No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion – Brad Keselowski

Position:              5th
Time:                   27.333 secs
Speed:                 197.563 mph

No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion – Ryan Blaney

Position:             2nd
Time:                   27.270 secs
Speed:                 198.020 mph

No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion – Joey Logano

Position:             4th
Time:                   27.306 secs
Speed:                 197.759 mph

Fastest Qualifying Time:    27.217 seconds – No. 4 Kevin Harvick

Recap: Joey Logano led Team Penske's qualifying efforts on Friday evening at Texas Motor Speedway in what was a banner day for Ford Performance and Roush-Yates Engines, which swept the top-five spots in qualifying for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event. Logano struggled in the first round, but crew chief Todd Gordon found some life in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford in round two with Logano eventually turning in the fourth quickest lap in the final session. His teammate, Brad Keselowski, drove the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford to a fifth-place qualifying effort for Sunday's race.  Keselowski was at or near the top of the leaderboard each round, but just missed the top spot by 0.116 seconds. Ryan Blaney, in the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, was fastest in practice and also was up front each qualifying session and will start Sunday's race second. Ford Performance swept the top five qualifying spots with Kevin Harvick on the pole and Clint Bowyer third.

Coverage:  The second practice session of the weekend will begin tomorrow at 9:30 am ET on FS1. Final practice can be seen on FS2 beginning at 12:00 pm ET. Race coverage will begin Sunday at 1:30 pm ET on FOX, PRN and NASCAR Sirius XM Channel 90.