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Saturday 31st May, 2014 - 7:46am

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Brad Keslowski has claimed his second pole award of the year

Brad Keslowski has claimed his second pole award of the year

Brad Keselowski’s fondness for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying format has continued with pole position for the FedEx 400 at Dover.

With the exception of the Daytona 500, which uses a combination of one-lap qualifying runs and twin 150-mile races to set the starting grid, the Penske Ford driver has scored eight front row starts and now two pole positions from 12 races.

Keselowski set a new track record with an average speed of 264.641 km/h (164.44 mph).

“They gave me a great car here with the Miller Lite Ford Fusion,” said Keselowski.

“I like this group qualifying and I got another shot at it. I think we have been pretty decent and there are a lot of great cars in race trim.

“The 18 (Kyle Busch) looked good and the 4 (Kevin Harvick) has been strong and we have a lot to go. There is a lot left in the weekend. We have practice tomorrow and we just have to keep working.”

Kyle Busch, who was fastest in Friday’s only Sprint Cup Series practice session, qualified second. He was followed by Keselowski’s teammate Joey Logano and eight-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson in fourth.

Kyle Larson, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top 10.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start 27th.

“I thought we were going to have a better starting position for Sunday,” said Ambrose.

“Practice wasn’t as good as we expected, but our qualifying trim wasn’t too far off. We had a strategy to wait for the cloud cover, but the track was still slick and the car was tight getting back to the gas. Even after our adjustments through the first round, I gave it everything I had, and we couldn’t get the car good enough to advance to the second round.

“We have some work to do, but I’m confident we’ll move to the front on Sunday.”

All teams will have another practice before the race.

VIDEO: Keselowski takes pole at Dover

 

QUALIFYING: FedEx 400 – Dover International Speedway

POS  Car # Driver Make Sponsor MPH Best Time Behind
1 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 164.444 21.892 Leader
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Peanut Butter 163.785 21.980 –0.088
3 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 163.688 21.993 –0.101
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 163.362 22.037 –0.145
5 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Cottonelle 163.080 22.075 –0.183
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 163.066 22.077 –0.185
7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Autism Speaks-FedEx Freight 163.066 22.077 –0.185
8 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 162.499 22.154 –0.262
9 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 162.411 22.166 –0.274
10 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota Cherry 5-Hour ENERGY for Special Ops Warrior Foundation 162.243 22.189 –0.297
11 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Scott Products 162.155 22.201 –0.309
12 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 160.995 22.361 –0.469
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 162.933 22.095 –0.203
14 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 162.903 22.099 –0.207
15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 162.889 22.101 –0.209
16 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 162.844 22.107 –0.215
17 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 162.690 22.128 –0.236
18 66 Brett Moffitt Toyota Land Castle Title 162.602 22.140 –0.248
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet CESSNA 162.580 22.143 –0.251
20 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Code 3-Mobil 1 Chevrolet 162.550 22.147 –0.255
21 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 162.536 22.149 –0.257
22 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 162.250 22.188 –0.296
23 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet American Ethanol 162.155 22.201 –0.309
24 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 162.009 22.221 –0.329
25 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 161.754 22.256 –0.364
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Nationwide 161.747 22.257 –0.365
27 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt 161.725 22.260 –0.368
28 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 161.623 22.274 –0.382
29 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 161.573 22.281 –0.389
30 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet AccuDoc Solutions 160.887 22.376 –0.484
31 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Burger King Toyota Camry 160.592 22.417 –0.525
32 38 David Gilliland Ford The Pete Store 160.435 22.439 –0.547
33 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet iRacing.com/Reddit.com 160.206 22.471 –0.579
34 34 David Ragan Ford Dockside Logistics 159.419 22.582 –0.690
35 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 159.391 22.586 –0.694
36 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Newtown Building Supplies 159.200 22.613 –0.721
37 44 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Phoenix Warehouse 159.081 22.630 –0.738
38 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Click It or Ticket Chevrolet 159.046 22.635 –0.743
39 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 159.032 22.637 –0.745
40 33 David Stremme Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos 158.569 22.703 –0.811
41 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Burger King Toyota Camry 158.124 22.767 –0.875
42 77 Dave Blaney Ford TBA 157.618 22.840 –0.948
43 32 Blake Koch Ford SupportMilitary.org 156.359 23.024 –1.132

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