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Keselowski tops Cup qualifying on record-breaking day at Kentucky

June 27th, 2014 8:13 pm by Associated Press

Keselowski tops Cup qualifying on record-breaking day at Kentucky

Brad Keselowski waits for the final round of Sprint Cup Series qualifying Friday at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo)

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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