Keselowski will start from the pole
Brad Keselowski will start Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 in an unfamiliar position, but he is hoping for a familiar result.
Keselowski, who won this race in 2012, will start from the pole after posting a track-record qualifying lap of 188.791 mph during Friday’s knockout qualifying session at Kentucky Speedway.
The pole is the sixth of Keselowski’s Sprint Cup career, third of the season and first at Kentucky.
“We’re right where we want to be – starting first. Now, we just need to execute the race,” Keselowski said. “This is huge boost for us.”
Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate, Joey Logano, will start second, series points leader Jeff Gordon third, Denny Hamlin fourth and Kevin Harvick will start fifth.
In his previous series start this season, Wallace qualified third at Talladega, Ala., but got caught up in accident.
“Superspeedways haven’t shown the best results for me so far,” he said, “but every time I’ve competed we have been super-fast and I know this time will be no different.”
Johnson was nominated for best championship performance after winning his sixth Cup series title last season. Johnson and Earnhardt were nominated in the best driver category, which also includes IndyCar series drivers Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay and NHRA Funny Car driver John Force.
Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson