NASCAR at MI 2017 Qualifying Results: Brad Keselowski Takes Pole

The No. 21 Ford, which was fastest in Friday's only practice session and in both of the first two rounds, faded in the final round of qualifying.

Brad Keselowski will start on the pole for Sunday's 400-miler (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN), and teammate Joey Logano will start next to him on the front row.

Keselowski wants nothing more than a victory at MI, which his team owner Roger Penske owned from 1972-1999.

Keselowski has five top fives, but no wins at his home track. We are not in bad shape, but with so many drivers with victories, that puts us pretty much in a box where we have to win.

"I just got loose over there", Blaney said. I did so and unfortunately the rear grip just wasn't there in the auto and it came around.

"My deal with Chip is I can't race a sprint auto or midget or anything really the night before I'm on track", Larson said. It is the 14th Coors Light pole of his career, his second of 2017 and his first in 17 tries at MI. "Watkins Glen we were definitely not very good, I didn't think". "I feel like our race cars are better". "You lose time in one corner and you can't make it up". It's just the way that the race is going to work out, but if you are right there, it can happen anytime. "It feels bigger. That's what today is for me".

Michigan native Brad Keselowski will lead the field to the green flag for the Pure Michigan 400 on August 13 after winning the pole with a speed of 203.097 miles per hour. He is 18th in points and an insurmountable 95 points out of the 16th and final playoff spot.

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The Mexico native, who notched his first career stage win last weekend, is hopeful of his chances to record his first career victory after getting his first experience around Michigan's 2.0-mile tri-oval in a Cup auto in June.

"It would be huge for me (to win at MIS)", said Keselowski after qualifying at Michigan on Friday. The effort level is high and you've got to run in there committed. Every change has to be a good one.

Ford netted a one-two-three finish in qualifying at the Blue Oval's home track, with Joey Logano (203.063 mph) and Kevin Harvick (202.788 mph) taking second and third place.

Fellow Michigan native Erik Jones will roll off eighth on Sunday.

There could be added pressure today for Bowyer, who will be racing about 90 minutes from Ford's headquarters in nearby Dearborn.

Starting 12th will be Ryan Blaney. (198.599mph) and Kurt Busch (198.533mph).

Thirty-minutes into practice, Keselowski shot to the top of the speed chart with a lap of 200.865mph. "It was like beating Jimmie Johnson if he came down to the Xfinity Series". Hendrick had previously announced the Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 since 2012, would not be retained.

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