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Brad Keselowski Grabs FedEx 400 Pole

Brad Keselowski Grabs FedEx 400 Pole

by May 30, 2014 0 comments

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DOVER, Del. — Brad Keselowski (Team Penske) was able to grab his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season with a record-breaking lap time of 21.892 seconds to win the pole for the FedEx 400 at the Dover International Speedway.

Keselowski managed to hold off Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) to win the fifth pole of his career and his first-ever pole at Dover. Keselowski’s pole-winning run gave him and his No. 2 Miller Lite crew their eighth front-row starting position of the year.

“It’s been a good year for qualifying,” Keselowski said. “I can say for most years that has not been the case. …Very happy with our effort obviously today with us qualifying on the pole with as important qualifying is here at Dover with pit road selection. I’m looking forward to Sunday’s race and I’m obviously very pleased with our starting position.”

Busch was the quickest driver in the first of two qualifying rounds, beating Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports), Joey Logano (Team Penske), and teammate Denny Hamlin to claim the fastest time in the first round – breaking the previous track record in the process. Previous Dover qualifying record holder Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports) would miss the cut in Q1 along with Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing), Kasey Kahne (Hendrick Motorsports), Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas Racing), and Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing.) With 43 drivers entered for the race, no driver was sent home from Dover after Q1.

Busch’s record would not stand for long as Keselowski would make his pole-winning lap early into Q2 and would set the bar for the rest of the session. Busch would come the closest to toppling the 2012 series champion’s lap with a lap of 21.980 seconds. Logano, Johnson, and Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing) would round the top-five starting positions.

The last three Dover races were won from starting positions outside of the top-five with Stewart being able to win the FedEx 400 last year from the 22nd starting position. Johnson was the last driver to win at Dover from the pole after winning the 2010 fall race from P1. Newman was the last FedEx 400 winner to win from the pole when he drove for Team Penske in 2003.

Top-10 Qualifiers for the FedEx 400

  1. 2 – Brad Keselowski – Ford – Team Penske – 21.892 seconds | Leader
  2. 18 – Kyle Busch – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 21.980 seconds | -0.088
  3. 22 – Joey Logano – Ford – Team Penske – 21.993 seconds | -0.101
  4. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 22.037 seconds | -0.145
  5. 42 – Kyle Larson# – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing – 22.075 seconds | -0.183
  6. 11 – Denny Hamlin – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 22.077 seconds | -0.185
  7. 24 – Jeff Gordon – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 22.077 seconds | -0.185
  8. 4 – Kevin Harvick – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 22.154 seconds | -0.262
  9. 55 – Brian Vickers – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing – 22.166 seconds | -0.274
  10. 15 – Clint Bowyer – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing – 22.189 seconds | -0.297

# = Rookie.

Kyle Pokrefky
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