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Keselowski Sets New Track Record At Dover


Brad Keselowski has excelled under the new qualifying formats for NASCAR this season and added to his record by picking up the pole for Sunday’s FedEx 400 from the Dover International Speedway. He did so Friday in record setting fashion entering in a new track record.

“It has been a good year for qualifying and I would say most years that has not been the case. I am not going to complain by any stretch of the imagination,” Keselowski told media members after qualifying. “I am very happy with our effort today with qualifying on the pole and as important as qualifying is here at Dover with pit road selection. I am looking forward to Sunday’s race and am very pleased with our starting position.”

He will be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch who came up just a little short in his bid for the Coors Light Pole Award. “The 2 (Brad Keselowski) and 22 (Joey Logano) always seem to go faster on their second runs and we just got beat by speed there. Our M&M’s Camry has been fast all weekend, really happy with it in race trim and everything so I think we’ll be good for the race Sunday,” commented Busch.

Joey Logano, Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate, also lamented coming up just short of starting first. “All I heard was Kyle say he came up a little short and I guess I am the same thing, just a little shorter. We picked up a lot of speed from where we were in practice,” Logano explained. “Our Shell Pennzoil Ford wasn’t very good and didn’t have a bunch of speed but we made good adjustments to get faster there. We just over adjusted a little from the first run to the second run on trying to free it up and we just couldn’t give it the gas as aggressive as I needed to.”

Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson rounded out the top-5 qualifiers. Johnson commented after the session that “we could have been a little bit better,” but was not discouraged by qualifying and is “excited about the weekend.”

Larson knows there is still work to be done for the race on Sunday. “Happy with a top-five starting spot for Sunday’s race. Just have to get our race car a little bit better and we should be right up there with the top guys,” explained Larson.

With only 43 entries, no drivers had to go home early from the Dover International Speedway. Brett Moffitt, a test driver for Michael Waltrip Racing, will make his first Sprint Cup Series start from the 18th position.

The FedEx 400 gets underway at 1 PM EST and fans can catch the action on FOX. The full-field run down can be found here.