Ryan Blaney earns first career pole for NASCAR's Go Bowling 400

Almost. Blaney would have preferred to have parked his pole-winning auto in Victory Lane for the Go Bowling 400, but after three consecutive finishes of 33rd or worse coming into the weekend, Blaney can see the positives in his performance.

The cream tends to rise to the top at this 1.5-mile track.

Rookies and veterans, alike, compete in these two series, but Kyle Busch made his second season appearance in the Camping World Truck Series on Friday at Kansas Speedway and actually won the Toyota Tundra 250.

He led 83 laps in the late stages of the Go Bowling 400, but could not hold off the hard-charging Martin Truex Jr.

As the field came through Turn 1 and into Turn 2 on Lap 200, Logano broke a right front brake rotor and his vehicle turned into Danica Patrick, who he was battling for 12th-place.

The best of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will race for a win in the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night.

"They're all so special, honestly".

Truex led 172 laps last season at Kansas in May only to fall short with a tire issue. I don't know. I was super-loose, there, on the last restarts, and the 78 got me spinning my tires a little bit. You never forget those.

Before he took questions from reporters, Ryan Blaney chatted with Brad Keselowski in the interview room. "We did everything right but Ben Rhodes has a curse on his back of something because something always goes wrong".

So Blaney turned a lap of 189.600 miles per hour and claimed the first pole of his three-year Cup career, just ahead of fellow Ford driver Joey Logano, who was at 189.540 miles per hour. However, Almirola had to be extracted through the roof of his vehicle and was taken to the University of Kansas Medical Center for observation. He was conscious and alert. I hope Aric is all right. "I feel like it's been a long time coming, and we definitely earned it, that's for sure". "NASCAR does everything it can to make it safe for everybody but these things happen". [We're] going to a few racetracks that are pretty good for us - Charlotte - and then we'll keep moving on. I love passing cars and there's a lot of them on this race track.

When it comes to escaping accidents unharmed.

As for Patrick, it was the third time in four races that her night ended in a wreck.

"Just out of nowhere".

"Everything was fine, and then it just took a hard right", Logano said. "I hate that I'm the part of it that started it. I've had a couple of the greatest years of my career with this team and I just can't wait to show up at every racetrack".

"It feels unbelievable to be here", he said post-race, getting over the Kansas hump after 622 laps led, two runner-up finishes and a near-miss previous year after dominating most of the event. Truex dove to the bottom and roared from the rest of the field, on his way to a ninth career win. This is Truex Jr's second win of the season, the first being at Las Vegas Speedway. It was also the eight overall win for Furniture Row Racing.

"Any of those restarts I could've got beat on", Truex said. As long as I've got something to drive I don't really care about everybody else.

The only chance in the end Blaney believed was to race door-to-door with Truex. As the cars crossed the line with 18 to go, Truex led followed by Blaney, Harvick, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch.

The pole victor was Ryan Blaney (28.481/189.600). Martin Truex Jr. had much better restarts.

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