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Keselowski wins Pure Michigan 400 pole

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Brad Keselowski has won the pole for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. This is the Michigan native’s first pole at his home track.

Keselowski, who now resides in North Carolina, picked up his second pole of the season. He also picked up another Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas.

Brad Keselowski (Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski (Getty Images)

“It feels pretty good,” Keselowski said. “I’m not really known as a great qualifier, so maybe over time, I’ve probably put a little less stock in qualifying, but I can tell you that when I saw that we were gonna win the pole those last few seconds of qualifying, it put chills down my body. It’s a great feeling. It’s a special track for me to have any kind of success at. Those that have been in the media center long enough have probably heard me say this and I’ll say it again for those that haven’t, but any success you have at your home track is right there with having success in the biggest races of the year, like Daytona for the 500 and the championship.

“It’s a big deal for any driver, not just myself. Of course, this is my home track and to be able to have any kind of success here just really feels so darn good and I just hope we can keep it up this weekend.”

It’s his 14th career pole in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Team owner Roger Penske has won seven poles at the track. He was previously the owner of the track from 1972 to 1999, before it was purchased by International Speedway Corporation.

During the first qualifying session, he had the 15th-best lap, but moved up to the second quickest during the second round. The final round saw Keselowski be .006 seconds better than his teammate Joey Logano.

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