Brooklyn, MI – Ryan Blaney was five minutes away from the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Michigan International Speedway. Blaney, led the way in the lone practice session of the day on Friday afternoon, then backed that speed up in his No. 21 Ford with being fastest in the first two round of Pure Michigan 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) qualifying later on in the day.
The pole was all but his.
Until a bobble.
Blaney, got loose on his hot lap in the final round of Coors Light Pole Award qualifying on Friday afternoon and had to get out of the throttle long enough to cost him a shot at the pole. With the final session being very limited in time, he wouldn’t get another chance to make up for it.
Instead, Blaney will start 12th.
That’s very disappointing for the Wood Brothers driver because he clearly has the speed in his car this weekend to not just contend for a pole, but for a race win on Sunday too.
Blaney, is trying desperately to build momentum for a playoff run come September, because since he won at Pocono in June, he’s had four finishes outside the top 20 in the eight races since. He also finished 19th too for five bad finishes.
In fact, he’s yet to nab a top five since that June day in Long Pond, including being 25th here in June. So, as you can see, he’s trying to flip the luck and get some positive karma heading his way into the most important part of the season.
It appeared to be flipping a script, until the final round of qualifying.