DOVER, Del. – staff report — Patrick Smith/Getty Images photo — Brad Keselowski earned yet another front row qualifying position Friday at Dover Int’l Speedway, scoring the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400.
Keselowski established a track record during the second round of knockout qualifying, circling the one-mile concrete oval in 21.892 seconds at 164.444 mph to earn his second pole of the season in his Team Penske Ford. Kyle Busch will join him on the front row in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
This is his eighth front row start in 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races so far this year. Keselowski was the first driver to take to the track during the final round of qualifying, setting fast time in the process.
“They gave me a great car here with the Miller Lite Ford Fusion. I didn’t feel like I got it all the first run. I like this group qualifying and I got another shot at it,” Keselowski said. “I think we have been pretty decent and there are a lot of great cars in race trim. The 18 (Busch) looked good and the 4 (Kevin Harvick) has been strong and we have a lot to go. There is a lot left in the weekend. We have practice tomorrow and we just have to keep working.”
Joey Logano qualified third to give Team Penske two cars in the first three positions. Coca-Cola 600 winner Jimmie Johnson qualified fourth, followed by top rookie qualifier Kyle Larson. The remainder of the top 12 in qualifying were Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers, Clint Bowyer, A.J. Allmendinger and Greg Biffle.
Busch paced the first qualifying session with his 21.989-second lap at 164.399 mph. He was followed by Johnson, Logano, Hamlin and Keselowski.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the first car to miss advancing to the second and final qualifying round. He will start 13th.
Only 43 cars made qualifying attempts Friday at Dover Int’l Speedway, meaning they will all start Sunday’s FedEx 400.