AVONDALE, Ariz. NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway.
Just about everybody waited. – Daniel Suarez threw Michael McDowell to the Ground and Both Drivers to Have a Restful Friday During the 10-minute qualifying session before exiting pit road, creating chaos on the mile-long track. Suarez and McDowell kept getting in the way of each other, and they ultimately ruined each other's qualifying attempts.
On the heels of Brad Keselowski's and Joey Logano's wins, Ryan Blaney turned a lap of 141,287 mph to win the pole for this weekend's race at ISM Raceway near Phoenix.
Joey Logano was fresh off the hauler in qualifying trim at ISM Raceway. 22 Ford that had landed him squarely on the pole a year ago.
Team Penske owner Roger Penske revealed that he had received a kidney transplant after the 2017 IndyCar season finale.
"You always have respect for the other drivers, especially here at Phoenix when we know all that the second lap is a good one, "Suarez said. "I was opening my second lap and he was in my way in corner one and two."
"Hey what in my way for the entire second lap, "Suarez said," and then he messed up my opening lap for the third lap. "
Naturally, McDowell saw things unfold differently.
" Just Miscommunication on the track, "said McDowell, to Arizona's Native Racing at his home track." We all waited for a lot of traffic.
The throw-down in the garage area did not quite reach the same level as Jeff Gordon's memorable brawl with Clint Bowyer at Phoenix in 2012. But it's still colored on another quiet qualifying session.
"I understand why Daniel is upset. I'd be upset too. I definitely messed up his lap, "McDowell said," but then he tried to crash us. When he came over he was on the race track. I made a mistake, an honest mistake, but trying to crash somebody is a different story. It's just racing. "
Suarez, though, was not a mind to apologize, according to JeffGluck.com.
" I'm going to give a lot. " "Suarez said." If you do not give me respect, I'm going to kick your ass. "
McDowell later joked that he and Suarez were McDowell wants start 27th and Suarez 28th on Sunday.
"I could not figure out what the hell was going on," Brad Keselowski said of the dust -up. "That's the way the format is designed. No one wanted to get on the track too soon. "
Tensions were already high when teams arrived in Nascar's new rules package allowing for more horsepower and additional downforce.
"I'm obviously mad because track position is the situation in racing today, "Suarez said." I do not really care about starting in the back, but what is very important is the pit stall selection, which is going to be bad , but I have a very strong race car.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.