Ryan Blaney to start last Cup elimination race from pole, Hamlin alongside

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Pushing hard on his bid to make next week’s championship race, Ryan Blaney will have the best seat in the house for the start of Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway.

Blaney earned the pole with a best lap of 137.942 mph. It was his second pole of the season; he also earned the pole at Kansas in the spring.

Phoenix Raceway obviously plays to Blaney’s strengths: he qualified No. 2 in the spring race there.

Playoff contender Denny Hamlin qualified second (137.936 mph), followed by Kyle Larson (137.926), and playoff contender Chase Elliott (137.641) and Martin Truex Jr. (137.583).

The other two drivers still in contention to reach the Championship 4 round next week at Miami were Jimmie Johnson (12th, 136.224) and Brad Keselowski (16th, 136.302).

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