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Ryan Blaney Wins Richmond Cup Pole

Ryan Blaney claimed the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.

Blaney clocked in with a lap of 119.782 mph, beating out William Byron‘s 119.585 mph lap.

It is Blaney’s third pole of the season and the ninth of his career. It’s his second consecutive pole.

“I will say (Richmond’s) definitely not been my best place at all,” Blaney said. “I struggled here really bad for years and I still don’t feel like I’m great here at all, or let alone very good.  We’ve worked really hard on figuring out what to do better here from myself to how we kind of unload with the car to be more competitive in the race, and that’s been year’s in progress of me just trying to figure out what the heck I need to do. I feel like everyone has done a really good job to bring a fast car. Qualifying on the pole here is one thing. Racing here is a completely other thing.”

The rest of the top 10 worked out as such: Blaney, Byron, Kyle Busch, Chase Briscoe, Erik Jones, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell and Aric Almirola.

Click here for the Richmond Cup starting lineup

Seven teams failed qualifying inspection twice.

Those that failed were Austin Dillion, AJ Allmendinger, Chris Buescher, Bubba Wallace, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Haley and Greg Biffle.

They will lose a crew member and pit selection for Sunday. Haley and Biffle failed three times, so they will have to serve a pass-through when the race goes green.

FOX will have coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 on Sunday, April 2 starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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So bubba lost another crew member for this race. Now lose another wheel . I want to see what Nascar would do.

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