NASCAR & Auto Racing

Brad Keselowski captures pole for Hollywood Casino 400

Brad Keselowski had a big smile on his face Friday after he won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.
Brad Keselowski had a big smile on his face Friday after he won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race. jledford@kcstar.com

Brad Keselowski celebrated winning the pole for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 in unique fashion Friday — by taking a short trip across the Kansas Speedway media center in a flame-painted miniature pedal car.

The car was a gift from the Speedway for winning his 10th career Sprint Cup pole, not to mention his first pole in 12 races at Kansas.

Keslowski’s winning lap at 195.503 mph clocked in at 27.621 seconds, just .007 faster than Columbia native Carl Edwards.

“You’re right on the fringe of being wide open, and if you go over the grip level, you’re going to wreck really hard,” Keselowski said. “You’re going 191, 192 minimum speed through the corners, and you’re just right there. This is usually one of my worst tracks for qualifying, so that’s a testament to our team and how hard they’ve been working.”

Keselowski will start at the front of the field, but he won’t reap the other benefit of winning the pole: getting first choice of pit stall. Keselowski will instead pick next to last after accumulating four written infractions.

“I guess it’s like getting a nice cheesecake, but no toppings. I still like cheesecake, but … ,” Keselowski said with a laugh. “We’ll make the most of it. To answer any questions about a pit stall would be best served after the race. I don’t know what pit stall I have right now, and I can guess at it, but I don’t know.”

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