Brad Keselowski Takes Pole For Sam’s Town 300

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

On a day where weather appears to be threatening and rain is in the forcast, the Nationwide Series has found a way to squeeze in qualifying for the Sam’s Town 300.

Brad Keselowski captured the pole for the Nationwide race that is scheduled for later today. Keselowski clocked a lap of 185.427 mph easily shattering Scott Speed’s previous track record of 181.708 mph. In fact eight cars in this session broke the old track record from last season.

Kevin Harvick, who has been great at every race thus far this season (Nationwide and Sprint Cup), will start second with a speed of 185.027 mph.

Carl Edwards, who welcomed a new baby into the world this week, will start third after he ran a lap of 184.496 mph.

Edwards is followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch. Hamlin had been struggling for a while with qualifying. He said after his run that he went to teammate Busch for advice, and apparently it paid off in a fourth place start for Hamlin.

Eight cars will be going home this week in the Nationwide Series. Those drivers are: Jason Keller, Johnny Chapman, Derrike Cope, Jeremy Clements, Stephen Leicht, Johnny Bourneman, Andy Ponstein, and Morgan Shepherd.

Danica Patrick qualified 37th in what will be her final Nationwide Race before her hiatus.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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