Keselowski takes Texas pole

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Saturday 7th November, 2015 - 12:30pm

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Brad Keselowski with the pole aware in Texas

Brad Keselowski with the pole aware in Texas

Brad Keselowski topped the time sheets during qualifying for the third last race of the NASCAR season at Texas Motor Speedway.

With a fastest lap of 316.927 km/h (196.929 mph), earning the Team Penske driver his 11th career pole. He was the man topping all three rounds of group qualifying.

“This is a good start but our ultimate goal is to be the fastest at the end of the race on Sunday,” said Keselowski.

“I am pumped about this race. Track position is important everywhere and here isn’t as much as maybe a few others because the track wears out and you see some comers and goers with the way the track wears out but we will still take it.”

Kevin Harvick will share the front row.

Kyle Busch and the man in the news after last week’s confrontation with Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano in fourth.

The remaining Chase contenders ranked: Kurt Busch (seventh), Carl Edwards (13th), Jeff Gordon (18th) and Martin Truex Jr. (23rd). Gordon is the only driver who has locked up a spot in the Championship 4 thanks to his win last weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

On a big night for Matt Kenseth’s substitute Erik Jones; he qualified sixth for the Sprint Cup race, then went out and won the Truck Series race.

Joey Gase and Reed Sorenson failed to qualify for Sunday’s race.

VIDEO: Brad Keselowski speaks after qualifying

QUALIFYING: AAA Texas 500 – Texas Motor Speedway

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME GAP
1 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth 196.929 27.421 Leader
2 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser / Jimmy John’s 195.993 27.552 –0.131
3 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy 195.716 27.591 –0.170
4 22 Joey Logano AAA Insurance 195.419 27.633 –0.212
5 42 Kyle Larson Target Plaid 195.341 27.644 –0.223
6 20 Erik Jones DeWalt 195.298 27.650 –0.229
7 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation 194.988 27.694 –0.273
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s 194.890 27.708 –0.287
9 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office 194.665 27.740 –0.319
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr KELLY BLUE BOOK 194.475 27.767 –0.346
11 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy 193.313 27.934 –0.513
12 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford Fusion 190.402 28.361 –0.940
13 19 Carl Edwards Sport Clips 195.341 27.644 –0.223
14 15 Clint Bowyer Maxwell House 195.327 27.646 –0.225
15 55 David Ragan Aaron’s Online Dream Machine 195.178 27.667 –0.246
16 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance 195.143 27.672 –0.251
17 13 Casey Mears GEICO Military 194.819 27.718 –0.297
18 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta 194.637 27.744 –0.323
19 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans 194.560 27.755 –0.334
20 27 Paul Menard Schrock / Menards 194.175 27.810 –0.389
21 33 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 194.175 27.810 –0.389
22 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 194.112 27.819 –0.398
23 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row/Visser Precision 194.000 27.835 –0.414
24 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 193.666 27.883 –0.462
25 21 Ryan Blaney Snap-On Tools 195.525 27.618 –0.197
26 3 Austin Dillon Dow Packaging/H-E-B 195.496 27.622 –0.201
27 1 Jamie McMurray CESSNA 195.334 27.645 –0.224
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal Ford Fusion 195.157 27.670 –0.249
29 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 195.143 27.672 –0.251
30 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Scott Products 194.735 27.730 –0.309
31 7 Alex Bowman Nikko RC / Toy State 194.644 27.743 –0.322
32 9 Sam Hornish Jr Sonic 194.623 27.746 –0.325
33 95 Michael McDowell Tommy Williams Drywall 193.472 27.911 –0.490
34 26 J.J. Yeley Overture Promotions 192.940 27.988 –0.567
35 34 Brett Moffitt Visit Dallas 192.651 28.030 –0.609
36 40 Landon Cassill CRC/O’Reilly Auto Parts 192.445 28.060 –0.639
37 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 192.328 28.077 –0.656
38 83 Matt DiBenedetto Dustless Blasting 192.273 28.085 –0.664
39 35 Cole Whitt Moen 191.591 28.185 –0.764
40 23 Jeb Burton Dr. Pepper/Estes 191.537 28.193 –0.772
41 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops 191.245 28.236 –0.815
42 98 Ryan Preece Xyience 190.691 28.318 –0.897
43 51 Justin Allgaier Texas Lottery 189.587 28.483 –1.062
44 32 Joey Gase ZAK PRODUCTS – DONATE LIFE TEXAS 190.617 28.329 –0.908
45 62 Reed Sorenson TBA 187.865 28.744 –1.323