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Keselowski Leads Team Penske Qualifying at Talladega

May 4, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. (May 3, 2014) – Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion team will start from the 13th position in tomorrow’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano both advanced to the second round of elimination qualifying for Sunday’s race. The two Ford Fusion drivers were in position and on pace to make it through to the final round of qualifying when they came upon a slow car, which slowed their progress and cost them a shot at going for the pole in the final round.

“I thought the action was about what we expected,” said Keselowski. “It wasn’t too crazy, but it was crazy enough to be fun and fun to watch, so that was good. I obviously wish we would have got out to the very front, but it’s hard because everybody wants to lag and nobody wants to go because the speed is at the back, it’s not at the front. I wish it was at the front, but either way we had a good effort and just missed out on the top 12 in the next round, which is disappointing but part of the game.”

Logano will roll-off 16th in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford. Today’s result marks the first time that Logano did not advance to the final round of qualifying.

“We put a lot of work and effort into making it through the week to keep that streak alive today,” said Logano. “It’s unfortunate. We worked the plan perfectly the first session and got up there. All three of us (Keselowski, Logano and drafting partner Michael McDowell) were really in the top five and felt pretty good about that, and then maybe we fell to the back a little too late. We had a good flying lap going and then we caught a group that was three-wide and then somebody else put it four-wide in front of us. Once you’re four-wide there’s nowhere you can go and that killed our run. Then at that point everyone shut down and then the caution comes out and it’s over.  It’s kind of a bummer. I would have liked to keep that streak going, but I knew this was gonna be the wild card event.”

The Aaron’s 499 will air live on Fox tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. ET and it will be broadcast on MRN and SiriusXM.

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