Keselowski earns first pole of season at PoconoBrad Keselowski drives down pit road at Pocono Raceway Friday.
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By Justin Melillo
June 4, 2016
LONG POND, Pa.—After waiting all day for the weather to play nice, Brad Keselowski took top honor in qualifying, winning the pole for Sunday’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway.
Keselowski’s pole run is the 12th of his Sprint Cup career and marks his fourth consecutive season of earning at least one pole. “Yeah, it was a really solid effort for Team Penske to get 1-2,” he said. “That is really hard to do, I can tell you that. We had great speed obviously today. I wasn’t really sure what to expect with the rain and all the other variables that were kind of thrown at us with low practice.
“We thought we would be okay and quite honestly we tested here and we weren’t very good and we were just kind of not really sure what to expect.”
When asked by Dominic Aragon from The Racing Experts, post-qualifying about how confident he was about getting the pole, Keselowski wasn’t so sure.
“I felt really good when we ran the first round and I was third and knew I had a little more speed left,” he said.
“We ran the second round and I didn’t feel I had anything left and was still third. I got down into turn one on my last run there and it kind of bottomed out and shot up the hill a little and I wasn’t very confident at all.
“I have learned over time that these things have a way of working themselves out when they are meant to be and I guess today was meant to be.”
Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate, Joey Logano, took the other side of the front row, happy to be disappointed in the second-place effort.
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“That is a good thing when you are mad about second,” Logano said post-qualifying in the Pocono Raceway Media Center. “It means your organization and team is where it needs to be. Congratulations to Brad. They picked up a lot of speed throughout the rounds and that is good for them. A Team Penske front row is special.”
The fog surrounding the track on Friday was thick enough where it was hard to see either Turns 1 or 3 from the start/finish line. The drizzle rolled in as the first Sprint Cup Series practice had begun, halting the session. The XFINITY Series’ practice sessions were washed out .
The Air Titans worked through the afternoon, their perseverance allowing drivers to qualify all three rounds 15 minutes behind schedule.
Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, and Carl Edwards rounded out the rest of the top-five.
Sunday’s race is 160 laps, 400 miles, and is scheduled to start at 1:00 P.M. ET on FOX Sports 1.