Keselowski takes third pole of the season

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Saturday 28th June, 2014 - 9:48am

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Three poles for Keselowski so far in 2014

Three poles for Keselowski so far in 2014

Brad Keselowski has won the Coors Lite Pole for the Quaker State 400 in Kentucky.

Team Penske’s strong run on 1.5 mile tracks continued as Joey Logano will start alongside.

As they also have been all year, qualifying speeds were up with his mark of 188.791 mph (303.830 km/h) some five miles per hour quicker than the old mark.

“We’re right where we want to be, starting first is a great start but it’s just that it’s just a start,” said Keselowski.

” You still have to execute a race and by no means a guarantee of a win, so we’ll want to go out there and earn that Saturday.  But we’re right where we want to be in that sense, so we’ll keep pushing forward and I’m just taking a second to reflect on the efforts of our team and how proud I am of that and without them we couldn’t be here.”

Jeff Gordon will start third, followed by Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick.

The two-car outfits of Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing both got their drivers into the final round of qualifying for the top-12. Stewart-Haas Racing had three of its four drivers in the top-12 with team boss Tony Stewart missing the cut.

Ambrose with his Black & Decker ride this weekend

Ambrose with his Black & Decker ride this weekend

All 24 drivers who advanced to the 10-minute second round broke the old track record of 183.636 mph, set just last year by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Jimmie Johnson (25th) and Earnhardt Jr. (29th) did not advance out of the opening 25-minute round, likewise Marcos Ambrose who will start 27th.

“The car was free getting in and then tight in the centre, but we have been working on the car all day,” said Ambrose.

“We really showed some speed in the second practice and were near the top of the speed charts, but need to be more consistent. We just need to work hard tomorrow night.”

One other note from qualifying was that only 42 cars turned up to race. The field is capped at 43 and on most weekends some cars fail to make the field. It is the first time since 2001, when the re-scheduled race at Loudon occurred after the September 11 bombings, that a race will start with less 43 entries.

VIDEO: Brad Keselowski wins pole in Kentucky

QUALIFYING: Quaker State 400 in Kentucky Motor Speedway 

POS.  CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR MPH BEST TIME BEHIND
1 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 188.791 28.603 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 187.175 28.850 –0.247
3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 186.832 28.903 –0.300
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 186.374 28.974 –0.371
5 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 186.104 29.016 –0.413
6 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 186.034 29.027 –0.424
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 186.014 29.030 –0.427
8 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Lexar 185.957 29.039 –0.436
9 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 185.950 29.040 –0.437
10 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 185.803 29.063 –0.460
11 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 185.414 29.124 –0.521
12 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 185.096 29.174 –0.571
13 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Rush Truck Centers 185.854 29.055 –0.452
14 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 185.714 29.077 –0.474
15 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Scott Products 185.503 29.110 –0.507
16 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Cheerios Protein 185.344 29.135 –0.532
17 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 185.096 29.174 –0.571
18 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 185.052 29.181 –0.578
19 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 184.761 29.227 –0.624
20 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 184.464 29.274 –0.671
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Fifth Third Bank Ford 184.307 29.299 –0.696
22 43 Aric Almirola Ford Eckrich 184.300 29.300 –0.697
23 99 Carl Edwards Ford UPS 184.106 29.331 –0.728
24 16 Greg Biffle Ford No. 16 3M ACE Bandage Ford Fusion 183.138 29.486 –0.883
25 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 183.661 29.402 –0.799
26 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 183.424 29.440 –0.837
27 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Black & Decker 183.163 29.482 –0.879
28 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 182.815 29.538 –0.935
29 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 182.803 29.540 –0.937
30 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Speed Stick GEAR Toyota 182.778 29.544 –0.941
31 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Theme Park Connection 181.916 29.684 –1.081
32 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 181.464 29.758 –1.155
33 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 181.287 29.787 –1.184
34 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 181.196 29.802 –1.199
35 32 Travis Kvapil Ford CorvetteParts.net 180.421 29.930 –1.327
36 34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 179.700 30.050 –1.447
37 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet SNap Fitness 179.348 30.109 –1.506
38 33 David Stremme Chevrolet Thunder Coal 178.672 30.223 –1.620
39 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Burger King Toyota Camry 178.406 30.268 –1.665
40 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Vydox 178.065 30.326 –1.723
41 38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stops 176.800 30.543 –1.940
42 93 Mike Bliss Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 171.385 31.508 –2.905

 

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