Brad Keselowski wins Nationwide Series pole in telling day for his future

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After leading Nationwide Series final practice, Brad Keselowski won the pole for Friday night’s Food City 250 at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Keselowski’s lap of 120.565 mph paced the field that will include Sprint Cup Series drivers Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Reed Sorenson and David Reutimann.

While the No. 88 sat firmly on the pole, news leaked that the JR Motorsports driver would be headed to Penske Racing, which competes under the Dodge banner in the Sprint Cup Series, in 2009. Keselowski chose to remain mum on his future plans.

“I really am not in a position to talk about any of that stuff right now,” Keselowski said. “I’m really not prepared to address any of the rumors about next year. I’m here to race the Nationwide car and win with it tonight and I am not going to let anything get in the way or distract us from that end.”

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Edwards will roll off second, Bowyer third, Kenseth fourth and hometown favorite Trevor Bayne rounds out the top five. The green flag is expected to fly shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET.

Qualifying Results

Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time Bnd
1 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet 120.565 15.915
2 60 Carl Edwards Ford 120.444 15.931 -0.016
3 29 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 120.429 15.933 -0.018
4 16 Matt Kenseth Ford 120.354 15.943 -0.028
5 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota 120.301 15.95 -0.035
6 12 Justin Allgaier* Dodge 120.278 15.953 -0.038
7 20 Brad Coleman Toyota 120.022 15.987 -0.072
8 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet 119.985 15.992 -0.077
9 6 David Ragan Ford 119.85 16.01 -0.095
10 5 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 119.581 16.046 -0.131
11 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 119.388 16.072 -0.157
12 1 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 119.351 16.077 -0.162
13 15 Michael Annett* Toyota 119.328 16.08 -0.165
14 10 Kasey Kahne Toyota 119.18 16.1 -0.185
15 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 119.099 16.111 -0.196
16 11 Brian Scott Toyota 119.091 16.112 -0.197
17 27 Jason Keller Ford 118.995 16.125 -0.21
18 177 Peyton Sellers Chevrolet 118.988 16.126 -0.211
19 26 Michael McDowell* Dodge 118.929 16.134 -0.219
20 62 Brendan Gaughan* Chevrolet 118.841 16.146 -0.231
21 9 John Wes Townley* Ford 118.672 16.169 -0.254
22 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet 118.613 16.177 -0.262
23 1 Danny O’Quinn Jr. Chevrolet 118.591 16.18 -0.265
24 5 Casey Atwood Chevrolet 118.591 16.18 -0.265
25 61 Matt Carter Ford 118.584 16.181 -0.266
26 38 Jason Leffler Toyota 118.459 16.198 -0.283
27 7 Chase Austin Chevrolet 118.379 16.209 -0.294
28 47 Coleman Pressley Toyota 118.306 16.219 -0.304
29 49 Mark Green Chevrolet 118.291 16.221 -0.306
30 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 118.087 16.249 -0.334
31 178 Kevin Lepage Dodge 118.029 16.257 -0.342
32 173 Derrike Cope Dodge 117.971 16.265 -0.35
33 172 Benny Gordon Ford 117.848 16.282 -0.367
34 91 Terry Cook* Chevrolet 117.804 16.288 -0.373
35 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet 117.516 16.328 -0.413
36 52 Brad Teague Chevrolet 117.487 16.332 -0.417
37 87 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 117.15 16.379 -0.464
38 23 Ken Butler III* Chevrolet 116.957 16.406 -0.491
39 24 Eric McClure+ Ford 116.474 16.474 -0.559
40 81 Sean Murphy+ Dodge 116.284 16.501 -0.586
41 32 David Reutimann+ Toyota 116.08 16.53 -0.615
42 234 Tony Raines+ Chevrolet 115.968 16.546 -0.631
43 198 Paul Menard Ford 117.343 16.352 -0.437

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