Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying results from Kansas Speedway on May 11, 2018
Qualifying at Kansas Speedway is set to begin. Earlier today, the NASCAR Cup Series had a single practice session. That’s all they got for the entire weekend.
View the full NASCAR Cup Series starting lineup below.
On top of practices being combined, 25 minutes were also removed as NASCAR fixed an issue with the track. They had to drill and cut holes in the surface to drain water that was pressurized under the banking.
Related: NASCAR drills and cuts holes to drain water under Kansas Speedway
Matt Kenseth is set to make his debut for 2018. He didn’t run a single qualifying run in practice, his focus was race trim. However, the team will have notes to point him in the right direction tonight.
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They’re set to go green in round 1. However, 12 cars still haven’t
“I think we’re back here in dooms day right now. Hopefully, we’ll get out,” Clint Bowyer tells FS1 as he points to his car in the inspection line.
15 minutes in round 1 are underway. Harvick has cleared inspection just as they drop the green flag on the session. 10 cars have still yet to clear inspection.
5 minutes remain, Jimmie Johnson has cleared inspection. However, the crew has the hood up, the deck lid up and the thing is jacked up. There’s taking off the inspection plates in a rush.
3 minutes remain, Ryan Blaney sits at the top of the board.
30 seconds remain, Matt Kenseth has cleared inspection. He does not make it to the track on time to qualify. Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Michael McDowell and Timmy Hill all failed to make it through inspection.
“You’re sitting there watching guys. The body was off. Made some adjustments, went back through then the chassis’ off,” Clint Bowyer stated.
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Ryan Blaney wins round 1!
Round 1 Results: 1. Ryan Blaney (28.565); 2. Kevin Harvick (28.569); 3. Kyle Larson (28.618); 4. Aric Almirola; 5. Kurt Busch; 6. Paul Menard; 7. Kyle Busch; 8. Joey Logano; 9. Alex Bowman; 10. Brad Keselowski; 11. Erik Jones; 12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr;
10 minutes in round 2.
8 minutes remain, Kyle Larson is around off turn 4. He was running against the outside wall, it wiggled. He tried to catch it but the back in came around. Larson made light contact with the wall on the right rear. No dents, it’s a scrape at the worst.
If Kyle Larson changes those tires, he’ll have to start at the tail of the field. It will be the 2nd week in a row that he’ll be coming from the back.
Jimmie Johnson elected not to go out. Jamie McMurray couldn’t re-fire his car.
Kevin Harvick wins round 2!
Round 2 Results: 1. Kevin Harvick (28.556); 2. Ryan Blaney (28.722); 3. Kyle Busch (28.760); 4. Aric Almirola; 5. Joey Logano; 6. Kurt Busch; 7. Erik Jones; 8. Martin Truex Jr; 9. Brad Keselowski; 10. Paul Menard; 11. Chris Buescher; 12. Denny Hamlin;
It’s a quick 5 minute session in round 3.
Chris Buescher is the lone Chevrolet in round 3.
Nobody can touch Kevin Harvick. He takes the pole position at Kansas Speedway.
View the full NASCAR Cup Series qualifying results sheet below.
Kansas Starting Lineup
NASCAR Cup Series
Pos | Driver | Time
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Ryan Blaney
3. Kyle Busch
4. Aric Almirola
5. Brad Keselowski
6. Denny Hamlin
7. Martin Truex Jr
8. Kurt Busch
9. Joey Logano
10. Chris Buescher
11. Paul Menard
12. Erik Jones
13. William Byron
14. Daniel Suarez
15. Ryan Newman
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
17. Chase Elliott
18. AJ Allmendinger
19. Alex Bowman
20. David Ragan
21. Darrell Wallace Jr
22. Kyle Larson
23. Jimmie Johnson
25. Austin Dillon
26. Ty Dillon
27. Corey laJoie
28. Ross Chastain
29. Gray Gaulding
30. Reed Sorenson
31. Landin Cassill
32. BJ McLeod
33. Clint Bowyer
34. Kasey Kahne
35. Matt Kenseth
36. Michael McDowell
37. Matt DiBenedetto
38. Timmy Hill
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