Brad Keselowski Wins Fourth Pole of Season at Richmond

September 6, 2014

RICHMOND, VA. (September 5, 2014) – Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford team scored their fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season during Friday afternoon’s qualifying sessions for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The pole-winning lap represented the 11th front row start for Keselowski this season.

“The root of all success at the NASCAR level is always having a great team and fast cars,” said Keselowski. “That is always the root of all success at this level. You can have the best pit stops and the most horsepower and the best driver; it doesn’t matter; those things on their own by themselves don’t win races consistently and don’t win poles and achieve great success. You have to have great cars. I think this year Penske has caught on. We hope that will be the case for years to come. I think the Ford relationship has developed, and that is a big piece of why we are excelling to levels that we have never seen before.”

Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil team will start fifth in tonight’s 400-lap event. The top-five starting position is Logano’s 12th top-five qualifying effort of the season.

“I will take that. I will take a fifth-place effort,” said Logano. “We were 14th in practice so I didn’t think we would be that good but we were able to get our car out there in time and lay down a good lap in the first session. I over drove it the second session. I was expecting more grip with the shade, and I over drove it.  I probably lost a half a tenth there, and that would have put us third. I think the fact that Brad went out a little sooner with the clean track and we waited too long, and the sun poked out cost us a little bit there too. If we keep stacking these pennies up we will figure out how to get the pole. That is okay though; we will race from there.”

The Federated Auto Parts 400 will air live tonight at 7:30 pm ET on ABC.