McDowell said that, with most drivers waiting to post laps until time was running out on the first round, heavy traffic was inevitable.“It was just miscommunication on the race track,” McDowell said. “We all kind of waited till the end, and then you just had a lot of traffic. Just unfortunate. He was upset that I held him up on his good lap, and then he tried to crash us. I just didn’t appreciate it.“It’s heat of the moment stuff. Just racing. Shorter practice session. Shorter qualifying. Getting late going through tech. The intensity ramps up. It’s all a part of it.” Coincidentally, McDowell (27th) and Suárez (28th) will start side-by-side from the 14th row on Sunday. McDowell after Suarez scuffle: ‘He tried to crash us’00:0000:0000:00GO LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSpeedNormalAutoplay AVONDALE, Ariz. – Ryan Blaney ended the day the way he started it — with the fastest car at ISM Raceway.After leading opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice with the quickest lap of the day (141.716 mph), Blaney put his No. 12 Team Penske Ford on the pole for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at the one-mile track.Blaney covered the distance in 25.480 seconds (141.287 mph) in the final round of knockout qualifying to outpace Chase Elliott (140.045 mph) by a comfortable .203 seconds.The Busch Pole Award was Blaney’s first of the season, his second at Phoenix and the six of his career, putting Blaney in good position to follow teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano to Victory Lane, after their respective wins at Atlanta (Feb. 24) and Las Vegas (Mar. 3).RELATED: Starting lineup | Full weekend schedule for Phoenix“We’ve just got to clean some stuff up,” said Blaney, who had a fast car at both Atlanta and Las Vegas, only to be done in by pit road snafus. “While it’s nice to have Penske winning, I’m selfish — I want to win. It’s good to have our cars really fast, and our finishes definitely don’t reflect how we’ve been running.“We’ve been really fast at all three places so far. If you keep bringing fast cars to the race track, ultimately, it’ll work out for you one of these times. I want to be part of the winning club here in the Penske group. It’s nice to have the whole team really fast right now. We fired out of the box really good this year, so hopefully we can just keep it going.”Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin qualified third at 140.007 mph, followed by Joe Gibbs racing teammate Kyle Busch (139.855 mph), Keselowski, Alex Bowman, William Byron, nine-time winner Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Daniel Hemric, and Logano.Elliott had mixed feelings about his front-row starting position.“I hate qualifying second,” Elliott said. “We’ve qualified second out here last fall and then this one. But I guess he (Blaney) isn’t a bad one to qualify second to. But I look forward to Sunday.”“I think our Hooters Camaro at least has a good place to start, and we can have a good pit selection. That’s important. We have a long race ahead. But I’d really like to get a pole outside of a (super)speedway track. We’ll try again next week.”The first round of qualifying ended with a fracas between Ford drivers Michael McDowell and Daniel Suárez, neither whom made the top 24. Suarez accused McDowell of holding up the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Mustang on his crucial hot lap at the end of the session.Suárez returned the favor by trying to wreck McDowell’s No. 34 Front Row Racing Ford after the fact.After exiting his car, Suárez stepped over pit wall and advanced toward McDowell who made a preemptive strike and shoved Suárez. The two grappled, and Suárez body-slammed McDowell to the pavement before the two combatants were separated.RELATED: Suarez, McDowell get physical on pit road“I was just trying to get in his way like he did to me,” Suárez said. “I’m the kind of driver that I’m going to give a lot of respect to you always, if you give me respect back. If you don’t give me respect, I’m going to go kick your ass.” Suarez after altercation with McDowell: ‘Lack of respect’00:0000:0000:00GO LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSpeedNormalAutoplay
Rabiot only has a year left on his PSG contract and has been stalling over a renewal, said to want more money than the French club have so far put forward.Tottenham were brought into the situation earlier this month, when it was claimed by France Football that Spurs had entered the race for the player, with Mauricio Pochettino seeing Rabiot as a potential replacement for Mousa Dembele.Catalan newspaper Sport now say Tottenham have withdrawn from the race, aware Rabiot wants Barcelona, or alternatively to renew with PSG. Spurs are therefore going to focus on other midfield targets.Embed from Getty ImagesIt’s claimed Tottenham had planned to offer €30m for the player, but that plan is now shelved. Barca are prepared to pay €35m.Rabiot may be encouraged to leave France this summer because of the bad feeling towards him in the country. After refusing to be on Didier Deschamps’ reserve list for the World Cup, furious at not being picked in the main squad, the PSG midfielder received widespread criticism.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond BoutiqueUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndo The Catalan media have been talking Adrien Rabiot to Barcelona up for a few days. It was first claimed that Eric Abidal had travelled to France to set the wheels in motion over a summer transfer.