Keselowski tops Cup qualifying on record-breaking day at Kentucky

Associated Press • Jun 27, 2014 at 8:18 PM

SPARTA, Ky. — Brad Keselowski posted a track-record speed of 188.791 mph in a Ford to win the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

A day in which 23 drivers broke Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s year-old mark of 183.636 mph in the first round of knockout qualifying ended with the 2012 winner of the 400-mile race shattering it by more than 5 mph.

Keselowski overtook Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano, who turned a lap of 187.175 after leading the first two rounds.

Jeff Gordon will start third in a Chevrolet on Saturday night, salvaging a session in which Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Earnhardt didn't make it past the first round.

Denny Hamlin was fourth in a Toyota.

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