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Ryan Blaney soared atop the leaderboard in opening Monster Energy Series practice Friday at ISM Raceway at Phoenix, leading a 1-2 sweep by Team Penske drivers.
Blaney pushed team owner Roger Penske’s No. 12 Ford to a best lap of 141.716 mph around the 1-mile track. He was just ahead of teammate Brad Keselowski, who was second-fastest in the 50-minute session at 140.680 mph in the No. 2 Ford. Team Penske has won two of the first three races this season.
Kyle Larson (140.406 mph), Chase Elliott (140.367) and Kyle Busch (140.329) completed the top five spots in the first prep time for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM), the fourth race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Defending series champ Joey Logano, who scored his first win of the season last weekend at Las Vegas, was 12th-fastest in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford. Kevin Harvick, the race’s defending winner and a nine-time victor at Phoenix for his career, was 15th-best in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford.
Busch Pole Qualifying for Sunday’s 312-lapper is scheduled for Friday at 6:10 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). Two more practices for the Monster Energy Series are scheduled for Saturday.