NASCAR’s new qualifying procedure seems to agree with Penske racing. Brad Keselowski snagged the first ever pole under the sports new group knockout qualifying format and his teammate Joey Logano will start second.
“It’s a lot more nerve racking,” said Keselowski of the new qualifying format. “But it’s usually a pretty good rule of thumb that if it’s a lot more nerve racking for drivers, it’s a lot more fun for fans.”
Keselowski had a fast lap of 139.384 mph. Jamie McMuarry in the Cesena car was third, Jimmie Johnson fourth and Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was fifth.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer will roll off 14th on Sunday, which means he was knocked out before the final pole qualifying session.
“Well we were up there in the top-12 for most of the session. We were knocked out there at the end,” said Bowyer. “It was a little crazy out there but it’s pretty good for the first time trying this. I think it was exciting and will be a good change. We’ll take starting the 5-hour ENERGY Toyota 14th on Sunday.”