Keselowski Grabs the Pole at Texas

Brad Keselowski will lead the field to the green flag on Sunday. The driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford won the pole with a time of 27.421 and a speed of 196.929 mph.

Keselowski said that his “Wurth Ford Fusion has been really good since we unloaded. Very similar to where we were at Kansas, really fast in practice and really fast in qualifying. But we just need that to say with us in the race and we didn’t get that in Kansas.” He also joked that he’s glad to “have the first pit stall and we get to keep it this time. We are really excited about the race Sunday.”

Kevin Harvick was second with a time of 27.552 and a speed of 195.993 mph.

Harvick said that he practically “ran the same speed in all three rounds there. Didn’t quite have the raw speed in the first round, but this is a racetrack where you want the car to keep going as long as you can. Felt like we had a good start to our race trim practice today and going to have a good spot to start on Sunday.”

Kyle Busch was third with a time of 27.591 and a speed of 195.716 mph.

He said that while he doesn’t “need to win, we would love to win. I feel like this is a good opportunity for us to have a really good day and for us to score a victory. We come to every race trying to win and this one’s no different. I hope that Texas will bode well for us and we can score that win. If not, a solid top-five finish is exactly what we need. That’s where we need to be at the end of the day and carry on that momentum and go into Phoenix and hope for another solid day there.”

Joey Logano qualified fourth with a time of 27.633 and a speed of 195.419 mph. Kyle Larson rounded out the top-five with a time of 27.644 and a speed of 195.341 mph.

Erik Jones, driving in place of the suspended Matt Kenseth, will make his second career Sprint Cup Series start from the sixth starting position.

Jones said that his qualifying run was “a really good effort for us. We made the final round at Kansas as well so it’s cool to make the final round in both our starts. We’ll see where it goes from here, obviously we’ve got a long ways to go yet for Sunday, 500 miles. This definitely helps everybody’s confidence a little bit for that.”

Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top-10.

Carl Edwards qualified 13th followed by Jeff Gordon, who locked himself into the championship race at Homestead with a win last Sunday at Martinsville, qualified 18th. Martin Truex Jr. was the lowest qualifying Chase driver in 23rd.

Joey Gase and Reed Sorenson failed to qualify for the race.

Complete Starting Lineup for the AAA Texas 500:

  1. Brad Keselowski
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Kyle Larson
  6. Erik Jones
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  11. Danica Patrick
  12. Greg Biffle
  13. Carl Edwards
  14. Clint Bowyer
  15. David Ragan
  16. Kasey Kahne
  17. Casey Mears
  18. Jeff Gordon
  19. Ryan Newman
  20. Paul Menard
  21. Brian Scott
  22. Tony Stewart
  23. Martin Truex Jr.
  24. Aric Almirola
  25. Ryan Blaney
  26. Austin Dillon
  27. Jamie McMurray
  28. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  29. Trevor Bayne
  30. AJ Allmendinger
  31. Alex Bowman
  32. Sam Hornish Jr.
  33. Michael McDowell
  34. JJ Yeley
  35. Brett Moffitt
  36. Landon Cassill
  37. Michael Annett
  38. Matt DiBenedetto
  39. Cole Whitt
  40. Jeb Burton
  41. David Gilliland
  42. Ryan Preece
  43. Justin Allgaier

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Tucker White
Tucker White
I've followed NASCAR for well over 20 years of my life, both as a fan and now as a member of the media. As of 2023, I'm on my eighth season as a traveling NASCAR beat writer. For all its flaws and dumb moments, NASCAR at its best produces some of the best action you'll ever see in the sport of auto racing. Case in point: Kyle Larson's threading the needle pass at Darlington Raceway on May 9, 2021. On used-up tires, racing on a worn surface and an aero package that put his car on the razor's edge of control, Larson demonstrated why he's a generational talent. Those are the stories I want to capture and break down. In addition to NASCAR, I also follow IndyCar and Formula 1. As a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I'm a diehard Tennessee Volunteers fan (especially in regards to Tennessee football). If covering NASCAR doesn't kill me, down the road, watching Tennessee football will. I'm also a diehard fan of the Atlanta Braves, and I lived long enough to see them win a World Series for the first time since 1995 (when I was just a year old). I've also sworn my fan allegiance to the Nashville Predators, though that's not paid out as much as the Braves. Furthermore, as a massive sports dork, I follow the NFL on a weekly basis. Though it's more out of an obligation than genuine passion (for sports dorks, following the NFL is basically an unwritten rule). Outside of sports, I'm a major cinema buff and a weeb. My favorite film is "Your Name" and my favorite anime is "Black Lagoon."


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