Keselowski wins Michigan pole

Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski led a Penske 1-2 and Ford sweep of the top-3 in qualifying earlier today for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400. Kevin Harvick was third with Matt Kenseth the first Toyota in fourth. Chase Elliott posted the best Chevrolet effort rounding out the top-five.

Series points leader and last week's winner Martin Truex Jr. could only manage the 13th best time.

  • This marked the first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) pole for the Rochester Hills, Michigan native at the MIS track
  • Friday’s result represented the second MENCS pole won this season for Keselowski (Las Vegas)
  • The pole award is the 14th of Keselowski’s NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
  • In the first round of qualifying at MIS Keselowski posted the 15th-fastest lap while he improved to second quick in Round 2 before producing his polewinning effort in the final round with a time just .006 of a second faster than Team Penske teammate Joey Logano
  • Keselowski will be looking for his first career MENCS victory at Michigan in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400
  • Keselowski’s pole was the seventh won in the Cup Series for team owner Roger Penske at Michigan International Speedway, a track Penske owned from 1972 until 1999 when it was purchased by International Speedway Corporation.
  • Friday’s pole was the 533rd won for Team Penske in its storied history

Full results below.

P # Driver Manufacturer Time Gap Mph
1 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 35.451 0.000 203.097
2 22 Joey Logano Ford 35.457 0.006 203.063
3 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 35.505 0.054 202.788
4 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 35.542 0.091 202.577
5 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 35.568 0.117 202.429
6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 35.644 0.193 201.998
7 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 35.664 0.213 201.884
8 77 Erik Jones Toyota 35.678 0.227 201.805
9 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 35.685 0.234 201.765
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 35.697 0.246 201.698
11 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 35.714 0.263 201.602
12 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 35.779 0.328 201.235
13 78 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 35.774 0.323 201.263
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 35.849 0.398 200.842
15 41 Kurt Busch Ford 35.891 0.440 200.607
16 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 35.916 0.465 200.468
17 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 35.945 0.494 200.306
18 10 Danica Patrick Ford 35.954 0.503 200.256
19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 35.968 0.517 200.178
20 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 36.081 0.630 199.551
21 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 36.115 0.664 199.363
22 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 36.122 0.671 199.325
23 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 36.126 0.675 199.302
24 43 Aric Almirola Ford 36.243 0.792 198.659
25 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 36.408 0.957 197.759
26 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 36.438 0.987 197.596
27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 36.465 1.014 197.450
28 38 David Ragan Ford 36.550 1.099 196.990
29 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 36.617 1.166 196.630
30 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 36.761 1.310 195.860
31 72 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 36.892 1.441 195.164
32 34 Landon Cassill Ford 36.901 1.450 195.117
33 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 36.965 1.514 194.779
34 23 Corey Lajoie Toyota 37.015 1.564 194.516
35 83 Brett Moffitt Toyota 37.070 1.619 194.227
36 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 37.810 2.359 190.426
37 15 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 38.271 2.820 188.132
38 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 38.468 3.017 187.169
39 51 B.J. McLeod Chevrolet 38.710 3.259 185.9

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