Kansas NASCAR: Brad Keselowski beats Carl Edwards to pole

Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski will start Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Kansas Motor Speedway race from pole ahead of Carl Edwards

Kansas NASCAR: Brad Keselowski beats Carl Edwards to pole

Keselowski had set the pace in Friday's earlier practice session as well as the first round of qualifying, and edged out Joe Gibbs Racing's Edwards by 0.007 seconds with a best lap of 27.621s around the 1.5-mile circuit.

Edwards' team-mate Kyle Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick will share the second row ahead of Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr.

Ryan Blaney - who set the pace in round two of qualifying - was the best-placed of those not in contention for the Cup in eighth, with Greg Biffle the only other non-Chase driver to reach the final round of qualifying in 12th.

Points leader Joey Logano failed to make the cut for round three and will start Sunday's race from 14th, while Dale Earnhardt Jr was the only other Chase driver to miss out on the pole shootout and will start a place further back in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Along with Ryan Newman, the pair had both flirted with danger in the opening round of qualifying before eventually setting times good enough to join their rivals in the second phase.

Austin Dillon, who had set the second-fastest time in practice, was the biggest casualty in round one after qualifying in 25th.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27.621s -
2 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.628s 0.007s
3 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.717s 0.096s
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.727s 0.106s
5 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.730s 0.109s
6 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.746s 0.125s
7 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 27.782s 0.161s
8 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 27.783s 0.162s
9 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.787s 0.166s
10 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.792s 0.171s
11 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.812s 0.191s
12 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.855s 0.234s
13 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.827s -
14 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 27.830s -
15 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.835s -
16 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.836s -
17 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.859s -
18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.872s -
19 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.876s -
20 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.909s -
21 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.930s -
22 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.934s -
23 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.974s -
24 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.974s -
25 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.075s -
26 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.155s -
27 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.167s -
28 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.168s -
29 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.208s -
30 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.273s -
31 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.307s -
32 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 28.333s -
33 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.415s -
34 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 28.492s -
35 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.498s -
36 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 28.523s -
37 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.549s -
38 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 28.572s -
39 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.748s -
40 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 28.935s -
41 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 29.092s -
42 Reed Sorenson Phil Parsons Racing Ford 29.142s -
43 Will Kimmel Go FAS Racing Ford 29.147s -

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