Dover NASCAR: Brad Keselowski claims commanding pole
|Friday, May 30th 2014, 21:00 GMT|
Brad Keselowski took a dominant NASCAR Sprint Cup pole as records were broken in qualifying for Sunday's Dover International Speedway round.
The Penske Ford driver was the first to set a time in the final shootout and it proved to be the fastest of all, as his 21.892-second lap claimed pole by almost a tenth of a second.
Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch took second with three minutes remaining, while Joey Logano made it two Penske cars in the top three with third place.
Eight-time winner of the event Jimmie Johnson will line up fourth and top Chevrolet, with his points-leading Hendrick team-mate Jeff Gordon in seventh behind top rookie Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin.
In a frenetic first session, the fastest 24 drivers all broke the previous track record.
Several top drivers missed out on making the final cut though, with Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt Jr all failing to set quick enough times.
The weather proved to be a crucial factor as racers attempted to set their best lap times when the cloud cover was at its greatest.
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Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford 21.892s 2. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota 21.980s +0.088s 3. Joey Logano Penske Ford 21.993s +0.101s 4. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 22.037s +0.145s 5. Kyle Larson Ganassi Chevrolet 22.075s +0.183s 6. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 22.077s +0.185s 7. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 22.077s +0.185s 8. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 22.154s +0.262s 9. Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota 22.166s +0.274s 10. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 22.201s +0.297s 11. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Chevrolet 22.201s +0.309s 12. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford 22.361s +0.469s 13. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet 22.095s Q1 14. Ryan Newman Childress Chevrolet 22.099s Q1 15. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet 22.101s Q1 16. Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Chevrolet 22.107s Q1 17. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 22.128s Q1 18. Brett Moffitt Robinson Toyota 22.140s Q1 19. Jamie McMurray Ganassi Chevrolet 22.143s Q1 20. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 22.147s Q1 21. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota 22.149s Q1 22. Casey Mears Germain Chevrolet 22.188s Q1 23. Austin Dillon Childress Chevrolet 22.201s Q1 24. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 22.221s Q1 25. Aric Almirola Petty Ford 22.256s Q1 26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford 22.257s Q1 27. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford 22.260s Q1 28. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 22.274s Q1 29. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford 22.281s Q1 30. Justin Allgaier HScott Chevrolet 22.376s Q1 31. Cole Whitt BK Toyota 22.417s Q1 32. David Gilliland Front Row Ford 22.439s Q1 33. Josh Wise Parsons Chevrolet 22.471s Q1 34. David Ragan Front Row Ford 22.582s Q1 35. Alex Bowman BK Toyota 22.586s Q1 36. Landon Cassill Hillman Chevrolet 22.613s Q1 37. JJ Yeley Xxxtreme Chevrolet 22.630s Q1 38. Reed Sorenson Baldwin Chevrolet 22.635s Q1 39. Michael Annett Baldwin Chevrolet 22.637s Q1 40. David Stremme Circle Sport Chevrolet 22.703s Q1 41. Ryan Truex BK Toyota 22.767s Q1 42. Dave Blaney Humphrey Ford 22.840s Q1 43. Blake Koch FAS Lane Ford 23.024s Q1