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Dover NASCAR: Brad Keselowski claims commanding pole

Brad Keselowski

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.

Follow the Dover NASCAR action as it happens with AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live from 6pm UK tme on Sunday

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
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