Buescher’s average lap rate of 137.973 mph was just enough to eliminate Ryan Blaney (137.915 miles ), the pole winner for Sunday’therefore race in Phoenix. Blaney’s Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski — that won at Atlanta a couple of weeks past — ended up third (137.646 miles ).
“It’s got pretty great balance,” Buescher said of his No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet. “Phoenix has been a tough place for me personally and that I could ’t even let the team enough for bringing me a great car that weekend. ”
Kyle Larson was fourth-fastest and Kyle Busch completed the topfive.
Before the practice session, both drivers Daniel Suarez and also Michael McDowell met with NASCAR officials to talk about their brief fight on pit road throughout Friday’s Cup qualifying session.
Suarez said that his relationship McDowell is “perhaps not fixed” after the meeting.
“NASCAR just wanted to be certain that we’re going to really go out there on Sunday and mess eachother on the very first lap,” Suarez stated.
“I only (left ) my purpose clear and I had been mad. He had his purpose, which I don’t even think is nearly as great as mine. We’re not planning to really go out there and fight eachother, however we’re perhaps not best friends either. ”
McDowell said he believed Saturday a “fresh start. ”