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Keselowski Gets Good Chase News By Winning Kansas Pole

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 16 2015
Brad Keselowski won his second pole of the season on Friday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

Brad Keselowski won his second pole of the season on Friday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Brad Keselowski moved from back to pretty near the front burner in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship during on Friday’s qualifying session at Kansas Speedway.

The Team Penske driver, who has been suffering from negative yawn factor in the first two rounds of the the playoffs, won the pole for Sunday’s event in Kansas with a lap around the 1.5-mile oval in 27.621 seconds in the final round of the three-round qualifier.

“This is usually one of my worst tracks, at least for qualifying,” Keselowski said, “so that’s a testament to our team.”

Keselowski – who has had finishes of eighth, 12th 16th and ninth – in the first four Chase races, edged Joe Gibbs Racing’s Carl Edwards (27.628) on pole day.

Kyle Busch, Edwards’ teammate was third, Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing fourth and Denny Hamlin of JGR fifth.

“I’m still kind of shaking,” Keselowski said in the pits after claiming the pole, his second of the season. “I’ve always felt like Darlington is our hardest qualifying session of the year, but this is harder because you’re right on the fringe of being wide open and if you go over the grip level, you’re going to wreck really hard because you’re going 191, 192 (mph) minimum speed through the corners and you’re just right there man. It’s tough.”

All 12 Chase drivers qualifying in the top 15.

“Oh yeah I’m going to sleep way better,” Harvick said. “I’ve wanted to throw up for the last four hours because the car was really driving very well.  The guys went through everything and did a great job of getting everything straightened out on our Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevy.  Luckily I was driving the Xfinity car today and I got my mind off of what was going on over here.  I think being able to have the car run pretty well over there and stay in that rhythm and have all the guys give me all the information where we could make up a little bit here and there really helped us throughout the day.  That is a win for us.   We thought we were going to have to race our way from 25th so to be fourth is a huge improvement.”

Because of past penalties, Keselowski will not be able to choose the best pit stall for the race.

Asked about that, he had a sweet reply.

“I guess it’s like getting a nice cheesecake with no toppings,” Keselowski said. “I still like cheesecake.  We’ll make the most of it.  It is nice to be fast this week.  We weren’t anywhere near as fast as we wanted to be at Charlotte, which was frustrating and I’m not sure I could answer why we’re faster this week, but sometimes that stuff just comes and goes and you don’t really understand why.  But when you have speed you have to make the most of it, and when you don’t have speed you have to make the most of it.  That’s my job as a driver and I felt like last week we made the most of it to get a solid ninth-place finish out of quite honestly what wasn’t a ninth-place day.  So today or hopefully Sunday I mean, we’ll have a first-place car and be able to get a first-place finish out of it and that would be key for us.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Hollywood Casino 400

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kansas

Friday, October 16, 2015

  1. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 195.503 mph.
  2. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 195.454 mph.
  3. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 194.826 mph.
  4. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 194.756 mph.
  5. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 194.735 mph.
  6. (24)  Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 194.623 mph.
  7. (78)  Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 194.370 mph.
  8. (21)  Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 194.363 mph.
  9. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 194.335 mph.
  10. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 194.301 mph.
  11. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 194.161 mph.
  12. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 193.861 mph.
  13. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 194.056 mph.
  14. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 194.035 mph.
  15. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 194.000 mph.
  16. (33)  Brian Scott(i), Chevrolet, 193.993 mph.
  17. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 193.833 mph.
  18. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 193.743 mph.
  19. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 193.715 mph.
  20. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 193.486 mph.
  21. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 193.340 mph.
  22. (55)  David Ragan, Toyota, 193.313 mph.
  23. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 193.036 mph.
  24. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 193.036 mph.
  25. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 192.342 mph.
  26. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 191.795 mph.
  27. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 191.714 mph.
  28. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 191.707 mph.
  29. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 191.435 mph.
  30. (51)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 190.995 mph.
  31. (9)  Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 190.766 mph.
  32. (7)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 190.590 mph.
  33. (38)  David Gilliland, Ford, 190.040 mph.
  34. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto #, Toyota, 189.527 mph.
  35. (34)  Brett Moffitt #, Ford, 189.487 mph.
  36. (26)  JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, 189.321 mph.
  37. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Owner Points
  38. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, Owner Points
  39. (35)  Cole Whitt, Ford, Owner Points
  40. (23)  Jeb Burton #, Toyota, Owner Points
  41. (40)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, Owner Points
  42. (98)  Reed Sorenson, Ford, Owner Points
  43. (32)  Will Kimmel III, Ford, Owner Points

1 drivers failed to qualify.

  1. (62)  Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 185.211 mph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 16 2015
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