Brad Keselowski, driving the #2 Miller-Lite Ford, won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 18th Annual SYLVANIA 300 to be held on Sunday, Sept. 21. Keselowski set a new track record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway while qualifying, with a lap time of 27.090 seconds, 140.598 mph, this is the 19th new track record set in 2014. Kyle Busch had the previous track record with 27.574 seconds/138.130 mph set in July of this season.
This is eighth pole award in 189 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, five of the pole awards Keselowski has won in the 2014 season. And this is Keselowski’s third pole in 11 races at NHMS. Keselowski currently holds four track qualifying records, Phoenix International Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“I’m just trying to go out there and do our job,” Keselowski said. “The Penske team has done phenomenal this season, and it’s great to keep it rolling.”
“Loudon’s always been one of my favorite tracks, and we’ve won a couple poles here before. But this one is a little extra special with everything that’s going on and going through the Chase and what not. I’m ready to get running tomorrow and hopefully we’ll get another win.”
Jamie McMurray qualified in second, 0.031 seconds behind Keselowski. Kevin Harvick qualified third, with the Joe Gibbs teammates of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch in fourth and fifth consecutively.
Keselowski led 138 laps in the July race held at NHMS, and with his spot secure in the Contender Round, Keselowski can race without worry. Because of his earlier win at NHMS, Jimmie Johnson, six-time NASCAR champion, called Keselowski’s team the team to beat before Friday’s qualifying session started.
“He (Keselowski) has so much more pace than the rest of the field here in the spring race that it’s hard to believe that everybody could cover that gap and get back to him,” said Johnson. “So, I’d definitely say those guys are tough to handle.”
Keselowski has won the last two races, Richmond, prior to the Chase field being set, and Chicagoland, the Chase opener. And he is on a roll and primed to take a second championship, but the Chase is still early.
“I want another championship,” said Keselowski. “It’s important to me personally. I think we’re in a strong position to make it happen but it’s not a guarantee.”
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, will be Sunday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. ET, with race coverage on ESPN.