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Team Penske sweeps front row in Pocono qualifying

Brad Keselowski celebrates his pole-winning run at Pocono Raceway on June 3, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Brad Keselowski celebrates his pole-winning run at Pocono Raceway on June 3, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Team Penske swept the front row of the starting grid for Sunday’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., with Brad Keselowski claiming his first pole of the 2016 season during the three-round qualifying session on Friday. Keselowski’s pole-winning lap in round three clocked in at 49.525 seconds/181.726 mph.
“It was a really solid effort for Team Penske to get 1-2,” Keselowski said. “That is really hard to do. I can tell you that. We had great speed, obviously, today.”
Teammate Joey Logano will join him on the front row on Sunday after turning in the second-fastest lap on round three after posting the fastest laps in rounds one and two, posting a 49.922-second/180.281 mph lap in the opening round and then turning in a 29.702-second/181.079 mph lap in the second round.
“Congratulations to the 2 (Keselowski) car,” Logano said. “It kind of stings for us. The last two weeks, we have won the first two rounds and come in second in the third round. It is a bummer for us, but both Team Penske cars are fast and that is pretty cool when we start the race on Sunday. We have a good starting spot and it is a long race, so we will be just fine.”
Keselowski, meanwhile, was third in each of the first two rounds.
“I felt really good when we ran the first round and I was third and knew I had a little more speed left,” Keselowski said. “We ran the second round, and I didn’t feel I had anything left and was still third. I got down into turn one on my last run, there, and it kind of bottomed out and shot up the hill a little, and I wasnt very confident at all. I have learned over time that these things have a way of working themselves out when they are meant to be, and I guess today was meant to be.”
Here’s a look at the complete starting grid for the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway:
Row 1 — Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford), Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford)
Row 2 — Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota), Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet)
Row 3 — Carl Edwards (No. 19 Toyota), Tony Stewart (No. 14 Chevrolet)
Row 4 — Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chevrolet), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Chevrolet)
Row 5 — Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet), Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota)
Row 6 — Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet), Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota)
Row 7 — Chase Elliott (No. 24 Chevrolet), Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Ford)
Row 8 — Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford), Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford)
Row 9 — Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Toyota), Chris Buescher (No. 34 Ford)
Row 10 — Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet), Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet)
Row 11 — Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet), Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet)
Row 12 — Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Chevrolet), Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Ford)
Row 13 — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford), Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet)
Row 14 — Matt DiBenedetto (No. 83 Toyota), Ty Dillon (No. 95 Chevrolet)
Row 15 — Casey Mears (No. 13 Chevrolet), Brian Scott (No. 44 Ford)
Row 16 — Landon Cassill (No. 38 Ford), A.J. Allmendinger (No. 47 Chevrolet)
Row 17 — Danica Patrick (No. 10 Chevrolet), David Ragan (No. 23 Toyota)
Row 18 — Regan Smith (No. 7 Chevrolet), Michael Annett (No. 46 Chevrolet)
Row 19 — Cole Whitt (No. 55 Chevrolet), Josh Wise (No. .30 Chevrolet)
Row 20 — Jeb Burton (No. 32 Ford), Reed Sorenson (No. 98 Chevrolet)
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