Brad Keselowski set a blistering lap and took the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Keselowski set a new track record with the lap taking the pole at a speed of 188.791 mph. It’s Keselowski’s third pole of his 2014 Sprint Cup Series season and the sixth of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. Starting alongside Keselowski is his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano.
Logano was fastest in Round 1 and Round 2 of knockout qualifying but Keselowski out did him in Round 3. Starting in the third position is Jeff Gordon with Denny Hamlin starting fourth. Starting in the fifth spot is Kevin Harvick with rookie Kyle Larson in sixth. Starting seventh is Ryan Newman with Jamie McMurray starting eighth. Kurt Busch will start ninth with Danica Patrick starting tenth. Starting in the 11th spot is Clint Bowyer with Paul Menard starting in the 12th spot.
Those drivers advanced to the final round of the three round qualifying session at Kentucky Speedway. Positions 13-24 were determined in round two.
Starting 13th is Tony Stewart with Matt Kenseth starting 14th. Starting in the 15th position is AJ Allmendinger with Austin Dillon starting 16th. Starting 17th is Brian Vickers with Kyle Busch rolling off 18th. Starting in the 19th position is Martin Truex Jr with Kasey Kahne starting 20th. Starting in the 21st position is Ricky Stenhouse Jr with Aric Almirola starting 22nd. Roush Fenway Racing teammates Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards will start 23rd and 24th.
The rest of the field did not advance to the second session of qualifying at Kentucky Speedway. Their positions were set in the first round of qualifying.
Notables in the that bunch included Jimmie Johnson in 25th and Dale Earnhardt Jr in 29th.
There were only 42 cars that qualified for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, marking the first time since 1996 that a full field of 43 entires did not attempt qualifying. Mike Bliss was a late entry in the #93 BK Racing Toyota and he will start 42nd. This is the first time that BK Racing has fielded four cars in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. JJ Yeley’s #44 Chevrolet withdrew their original entry so the field stayed at 42 cars.
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