Brad Keselowski on pole at Phoenix

Brad Keselowski will start off pole at Phoenix

Brad Keselowski will start off pole at Phoenix

Brad Keselowski has won the Coors Light Pole Award for The Profit on CNBC 500, Presented by Small Business Fueling America at Phoenix under NASCAR’s new qualifying format.

Similar to Formula 1, where cars all start on the track together before the top-12 runners contest the final run for pole. The 2012 Sprint Cup champion set a new track qualifying record of 224.317 km/h (139.384 mph) with his Penske Racing team-mate Joey Logano set to start alongside.

Both Logano and Keselowski only ran two laps in the first round before settling on their positions of first and second, respectively. It is Keselowski’s first pole win at Phoenix.

“We had a really fast car and there is some pride to be taken in being the first one to win a Sprint Cup pole in this format,” said Keselowski.

“I am sure it will undergo a few adjustments along the way but it is very rewarding and a testament to my team and how fast of a car they gave me. Then it was just a matter of executing on my end. We were able to do that. I dind’t think I ran a good enough lap to be quite honest. When they told me the time, I said, Alright, I will take it.”

Lining up third on Sunday will be Jamie McMurray, with Jimmie Johnson and Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounding out the top five.

After the first round of qualifying, the fastest 12 cars went on to qualify for the pole. Kevin Harvick finished 13th in round one and was not eligible to qualify in round two and will therefore start from 13th.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start 29th in the 500-kilometre race which starts Monday morning Australian time.

“No one really knew what to expect going into this qualifying session,” said Ambrose.

“Our initial time was in the top-10, but it just didn’t stick. I think there were just so many different strategies in play, and once you did a run, it was really hard to get your engine cool enough to make another go at it.

“We went out at the end of the first session for another try, but the car just didn’t work in the centre like we needed it to.”

QUALIFYING:  The Profit on CNBC 500, Presented by Small Business Fueling America – Phoenix

POS 

Car #

Driver

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Best Time

Behind

1

2 Brad Keselowski Ford Alliance Truck Parts 139.384 25.828 Leader

2

22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 139.265 25.850 –0.022

3

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Cessna-Bad Boy Buggies 138.969 25.905 –0.077

4

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 138.350 26.021 –0.193

5

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 138.344 26.022 –0.194

6

16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 138.339 26.023 –0.195

7

18 Kyle Busch Toyota Skittles 138.318 26.027 –0.199

8

42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Clorox 138.318 26.027 –0.199

9

43 Aric Almirola Ford Farmland 138.281 26.034 –0.206

10

41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 138.047 26.078 –0.250

11

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 137.889 26.108 –0.280

12

11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 137.315 26.217 –0.389

13

4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 137.815 26.122 –0.294

14

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 137.810 26.123 –0.295

15

31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 137.794 26.126 –0.298

16

55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 137.788 26.127 –0.299

17

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi MAX 137.741 26.136 –0.308

18

13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 137.588 26.165 –0.337

19

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Home Depot Husky 137.546 26.173 –0.345

20

14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 137.483 26.185 –0.357

21

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford NOS 137.473 26.187 –0.359

22

27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 137.347 26.211 –0.383

23

99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 137.216 26.236 –0.408

24

3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet American Ethanol 137.200 26.239 –0.411

25

47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Clorox Fraganzia 137.179 26.243 –0.415

26

95 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love 137.065 26.265 –0.437

27

78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 136.903 26.296 –0.468

28

38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stops 136.867 26.303 –0.475

29

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Mac Tools 136.794 26.317 –0.489

30

34 David Ragan Ford Farm Rich 136.789 26.318 –0.490

31

26 Cole Whitt Toyota GEAR Speed Stick 136.726 26.330 –0.502

32

33 Brian Scott Chevrolet White Tail 136.721 26.331 –0.503

33

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 136.545 26.365 –0.537

34

83 Ryan Truex Toyota Borla Exhaust Toyota Camry 135.875 26.495 –0.667

35

23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 135.614 26.546 –0.718

36

30 Parker Kligerman Toyota TBA 135.384 26.591 –0.763

37

35 Blake Koch Ford MDS Transport 135.262 26.615 –0.787

38

66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Land Castle Title 134.983 26.670 –0.842

39

36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 134.897 26.687 –0.859

40

32 Travis Kvapil Ford Ask More-Get More 134.771 26.712 –0.884

41

7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Accell Construction 134.148 26.836 –1.008

42

87 Morgan Shepherd Toyota Morris-Hardwick-Schneider 128.995 27.908 –2.080

43

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 0.000 0.000 -25.828

 

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