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Keselowski Wins Pole In Phoenix

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Brad Keselowski was fastest in NASCAR's new qualifying format Friday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

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Brad Keselowski won the first Sprint Cup pole utilizing NASCAR’s “Knockout Qualifying” Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway.

His Team Penske teammate, Joey Logano, was second fastest in the segmented qualifier.

Keselowski completed a lap at 139.384 mph, breaking the record of 139.222 mph set by Jimmie Johnson before last year’s Chase race in November.

“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,” Keselowski said. “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.’

Jamie McMurray (138.969 mph) qualified third, followed by Johnson (138.350 mph) and Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. (138.344 mph). Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, rookie Kyle Larson, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin completed the top 12.

Sprint Cup Qualifying

Phoenix International Raceway

Friday, February 28, 2014

1. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 139.384 mph.

2. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 139.265 mph.

3. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 138.969 mph.

4. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 138.350 mph.

5. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 138.344 mph.

6. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 138.339 mph.

7. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 138.318 mph.

8. (42) Kyle Larson #, Chevrolet, 138.318 mph.

9. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 138.281 mph.

10. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 138.047 mph.

11. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 137.889 mph.

12. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 137.315 mph.

13. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 137.815 mph.

14. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 137.810 mph.

15. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 137.794 mph.

16. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 137.788 mph.

17. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 137.741 mph.

18. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 137.588 mph.

19. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 137.546 mph.

20. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 137.483 mph.

21. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 137.473 mph.

22. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 137.347 mph.

23. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 137.216 mph.

24. (3) Austin Dillon #, Chevrolet, 137.200 mph.

25. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 137.179 mph.

26. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 137.065 mph.

27. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 136.903 mph.

28. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 136.867 mph.

29. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 136.794 mph.

30. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 136.789 mph.

31. (26) Cole Whitt #, Toyota, 136.726 mph.

32. (33) Brian Scott(i), Chevrolet, 136.721 mph.

33. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 136.545 mph.

34. (83) Ryan Truex #, Toyota, 135.875 mph.

35. (23) Alex Bowman #, Toyota, 135.614 mph.

36. (30) Parker Kligerman #, Toyota, 135.384 mph.

37. (35) Blake Koch(i), Ford, Owner Points

38. (66) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, Owner Points

39. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Owner Points

40. (32) Travis Kvapil, Ford, Owner Points

41. (7) Michael Annett #, Chevrolet, Owner Points

42. (87) Morgan Shepherd(i), Toyota, Owner Points

43. (51) Justin Allgaier #, Chevrolet, Owner Points

3 drivers failed to qualify.

44. (98) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 135.287 mph.

45. (40) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 135.115 mph.

46. (77) Dave Blaney, Ford, 134.238 mph.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, February 28 2014
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