Brad Keselowski captures pole for Southern 500

5Brad Keselowski will be on the pole for the first time this season, qualifying first for Sunday’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

It’s the ninth career pole position for the Team Penske driver, who hadn’t qualified first for a Sprint Cup race since last September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Kurt Busch qualified third, followd by Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon, a five-time Southern 500 winner who will make his final start at Darlington.

Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 10 in qualifying.

Bojangles’ Southern 500 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Gap
1 2 Brad Keselowski 27.482 27.442 27.492 Leader
2 41 Kurt Busch 27.396 27.590 27.691 -0.199
3 4 Kevin Harvick 27.526 27.540 27.718 -0.027
4 22 Joey Logano 27.417 27.541 27.733 -0.015
5 24 Jeff Gordon 27.435 27.607 27.753 -0.020
6 11 Denny Hamlin 27.591 27.613 27.798 -0.045
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. 27.600 27.681 27.807 -0.009
8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 27.413 27.670 27.835 -0.028
9 21 Ryan Blaney (i) 27.654 27.683 27.910 -0.075
10 18 Kyle Busch 27.464 27.676 27.929 -0.019
11 43 Aric Almirola 27.592 27.654 27.947 -0.018
12 27 Paul Menard 27.632 27.662 28.053 -0.106
13 19 Carl Edwards 27.517 27.703 Eliminated -0.041
14 20 Matt Kenseth 27.518 27.749 Eliminated -0.087
15 5 Kasey Kahne 27.458 27.751 Eliminated -0.002
16 42 Kyle Larson 27.550 27.762 Eliminated -0.011
17 14 Tony Stewart 27.607 27.776 Eliminated -0.014
18 6 Trevor Bayne 27.647 27.781 Eliminated -0.005
19 48 Jimmie Johnson 27.721 27.805 Eliminated -0.024
20 1 Jamie McMurray 27.539 27.851 Eliminated -0.046
21 55 David Ragan 27.485 27.899 Eliminated -0.048
22 25 Chase Elliott (i) 27.650 27.922 Eliminated -0.023
23 31 Ryan Newman 27.578 27.950 Eliminated -0.028
24 16 Greg Biffle 27.630 32.037 Eliminated -4.087
25 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 27.730 Eliminated -0.100
26 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 27.783 Eliminated
27 51 Justin Allgaier 27.783 Eliminated -0.053
28 15 Clint Bowyer 27.828 Eliminated -0.045
29 3 Austin Dillon 27.833 Eliminated -0.005
30 10 Danica Patrick 27.844 Eliminated -0.011
31 40 Landon Cassill (i) 27.847 Eliminated -0.003
32 13 Casey Mears 27.860 Eliminated -0.013
33 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 27.882 Eliminated -0.022
34 47 AJ Allmendinger 27.918 Eliminated -0.036
35 7 Alex Bowman 27.937 Eliminated -0.019
36 26 J.J. Yeley (i) 27.944 Eliminated -0.007
37 35 Cole Whitt 28.075 Eliminated -0.131
38 38 David Gilliland 28.152 Eliminated -0.077
39 46 Michael Annett 28.161 Eliminated -0.009
40 34 Brett Moffitt # 28.243 Eliminated -0.082
41 23 Jeb Burton # 28.267 Eliminated -0.024
42 33 Mike Bliss (i) 28.433 Eliminated -0.166
43 98 TJ Bell 28.563 Eliminated -0.130
Did Not Qualify
44 32 Josh Wise 28.104 Eliminated 0.459
45 62 Timmy Hill (i) 28.199 Eliminated -0.095
46 30 Travis Kvapil (i) 28.213 Eliminated -0.014

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

 

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