KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Brad Keselowski won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, though he was quick to acknowledge it's where he finishes in this crucial Chase for the Championship race that matters.
Keselowski is firmly in the middle of the pack heading into second of three races in this round, and a victory would give him an automatic berth in the eight-driver elimination round.
"It's been a really good day, but of course there's a long ways to go," said Keselowski, who was also fastest in Friday's practice. "We need a really good finish, is what we need."
Keselowski turned a lap at 195.503 mph Friday on the 1½-mile oval. But because his Penske Racing team has accumulated four warnings, he did not receive the pit stall selection that typically goes to the fastest qualifier.
Whether that comes back to haunt him will be seen in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400.
"I guess it's like getting a nice cheesecake with no toppings. I still like cheesecake," Keselowski said.
Carl Edwards will start alongside Keselowski after his lap of 195.454 mph. Kyle Busch was next followed by fellow Chase drivers Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex.
NHRA: Dave Connolly set track records with a run of 3.744 seconds at 329.18 mph to lead the first day of Top Fuel qualifying at the Fall Nationals in Dallas. Del Worsham (Funny Car), Jonathan Gray (Pro Stock) and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also led their classes. Qualifying continues today with eliminations Sunday.