Keselowski puts Penske Ford on pole for Richmond

Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski won the provisional Busch Pole Award on Friday night at Richmond Raceway with a fast lap of 127.185 mph in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford. For Keselowski it was the 17th Busch Pole Award of his career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and his second pole win at the 0.75-mile Virginia short track.

Kevin Harvick finished second in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford with a lap of 126.559 mph and will start alongside Keselowski on the front row for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Chase Elliott was third in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 126.174 mph, Kyle Busch was fourth in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 126.103 mph and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five in the No. 14 SHR Ford at 126.068 mph.

Jimmie Johnson was the fastest non-playoff driver coming in 10th place in the No. 48 Hendrick Motor Sports Chevrolet at 125.810 mph.

All results for today’s qualifying are unofficial as cars will be impounded and then go through OSS inspection on Saturday at the track.

Qualifying Results

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Discount Tire Ford 21.229 127.185
2 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Mobil 1 Ford 21.334 126.559
3 9 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Chevrolet 21.399 126.174
4 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Hazelnut Toyota 21.411 126.103
5 14 Clint Bowyer (P) CSU/One Cure Ford 21.417 126.068
6 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Office Toyota 21.442 125.921
7 10 Aric Almirola (P) Smithfield Ford 21.509 125.529
8 19 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Bass Pro Shops Toyota 21.526 125.430
9 1 Kurt Busch (P) Monster Energy Chevrolet 21.563 125.214
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 21.569 125.180
11 34 Michael McDowell Long John Silver's Ford 21.585 125.087
12 95 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota 21.598 125.012
13 42 Kyle Larson (P) Credit One Bank Chevrolet 21.605 124.971
14 41 Daniel Suarez Haas Automation Ford 21.609 124.948
15 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Richmond Ford 21.612 124.931
16 20 Erik Jones (P) Craftsman Toyota 21.617 124.902
17 3 Austin Dillon Okuma Chevrolet 21.631 124.821
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 21.640 124.769
19 6 Ryan Newman (P) Roush Performance Ford 21.655 124.683
20 88 Alex Bowman (P) Nationwide Chevrolet 21.660 124.654
21 47 Ryan Preece # Kroger Chevrolet 21.699 124.430
22 8 Daniel Hemric # Caterpillar Chevrolet 21.702 124.412
23 37 Chris Buescher Fast Lane to Flavor Chevrolet 21.737 124.212
24 21 Paul Menard Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 21.747 124.155
25 24 William Byron (P) Liberty University Chevrolet 21.808 123.808
26 36 Matt Tifft # Surface Sunscreen Ford 21.865 123.485
27 38 David Ragan MDS Trucking Ford 21.873 123.440
28 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil Ford 21.896 123.310
29 32 Corey LaJoie CorvetteParts.net Ford 21.910 123.231
30 43 Bubba Wallace Victory Junction Chevrolet 21.960 122.951
31 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 22.061 122.388
32 15 Ross Chastain(i) Chevrolet 22.124 122.039
33 52 JJ Yeley(i) Byrna Ford 22.262 121.283
34 51 Austin Theriault Jacob Companies Chevrolet 22.329 120.919
35 77 Reed Sorenson Go Parts Chevrolet 22.350 120.805
36 00 Landon Cassill(i) University of Richmond Chevrolet 22.455 120.240
37 53 Spencer Boyd(i) AQRE.app Chevrolet 22.5

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