Keselowski claims Nationwide pole

SPORTS NETWORK

, Last Updated: 1:48 PM ET

Brooklyn, MI – Brad Keselowski will start on the pole for Saturday's CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race after topping the charts in qualifying at Michigan International Speedway.

Keselowski, from nearby Rochester Hills, MI, turned a lap of 179.556 m.p.h. around the two-mile oval for his series-leading fifth pole of the season and the eighth of his career. He is the current points leader and the defending race winner at Michigan.

Ryan Truex, the younger brother of Sprint Cup Series regular Martin Truex Jr., will start on the outside pole after a lap of 178.625 m.p.h. Truex is making just his second Nationwide start.

Colin Braun qualified third, followed by Jason Leffler and Ryan Newman.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier, Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch, winner of nine Nationwide races so far this season, completed the top-10.

Keselowski holds a very comfortable 327-point lead over Carl Edwards, who qualified 14th.

Danica Patrick, in her sixth Nationwide appearance, will start 33rd.

Johnny Chapman was the only driver who failed to qualify.

Michigan is the second time Nationwide teams use the new car. The car made its debut last month at Daytona, with Keselowski putting his Dodge Challenger on the pole for that race. Richmond (September 12) and Charlotte (October 15) are the other tracks scheduled for this car before it's introduced full-time in 2011.

The 250-mile race at Michigan is scheduled to start shortly after 2:00 p.m. (ET).


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