Keselowski wins pole for Pure Michigan 400

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

Brad Keselowski led a 1-2-3 sweep of Fords in Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Friday at Michigan International Speedway, a long-running venue of friendly competition among NASCAR's manufacturers.

The other notable driver without a win is Joey Logano, who now sits 95 points out of the final playoff spot, meaning that he virtually needs a win to make the Chase for the third time in the last four years. Michgian's wide track fits Kyle Larson's style perfectly as he is known to use every inch of a racetrack in search of the fastest groove. I think we can win in, and I think we can point our way in. The No. 21 Ford, which was fastest in Friday's only practice session and in both of the first two rounds, faded in the final round of qualifying. A possible side trip on Saturday night to Knoxville, Iowa to race in the Knoxville Nationals sprint vehicle event could provide extra motivation or could become a distraction.

The automaker rivalry got a slight bit chippier after qualifying for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) when Keselowski suggested that Toyota teams had intentionally ratcheted back their collective push of the performance envelope. (198.813mph), Suarez (198.703mph), Logano (198.621mph), Truex Jr. Last week at Watkins Glen was a prime example of how Elliott's fortunes have been the last few weeks, as he qualified fourth, led laps, but faded to a 13th place finish at the end. Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick finished second and third, respectively. There's a lot of opportunity that arises in those moments. MI has been very good to Kyle Larson, and he needs that right now after having lost the NASCAR Cup Series points lead to Martin Truex Jr. We have to take risks on the strategy side, I have to take risks on the race track just to put ourselves in position for a win.

Matt Kenseth is one of the desperate drivers without a win this season to date and now sitting on the edge of making the playoff cut.

According to the latest oddsmakers, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are co-favorites this week, as each has 9/2 odds.

(22) Joey Logano, Ford, 203.063 miles per hour. Elliott has finished second in each of the three Monster Energy Series starts at MIS.

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Looking at the results from both MI and Fontana since the start of 2015, it has been Chase Elliott leading the way as he has yet to finish outside the Top 10 at a two-mile track.

"We've got some really good memories here".

"Any success you have at your home track is right there with having success in the biggest races of the year like Daytona for the 500 and the championship", Keselowski said. But this is the place to get it done, of course the same can be said for Earnhardt, Kenseth and Bowyer.

A look at the top finishes in Brooklyn, Mich., for the Rochester Hills native.

Keselowski is locked into the playoffs, but Logano isn't.

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