NASCAR at Kentucky 2014 Results: Race Order, Final Times and Twitter Reaction

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

Brad Keselowski drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., Friday June 27, 2014. Keselowski won the pole with Joey Logano taking second for Saturday night's race. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
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Brad Keselowski was the hardest-working man in NASCAR on Friday. Mere hours after he secured the pole for Friday night's Nationwide Series race, he went ahead and did it again for this Saturday's Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway.

From 2008-2013, Keselowski had three Sprint Cup poles to his name. Through the first 17 races of 2014, he's matched that number, per NASCAR Stats:

This is the ninth time this year that the No. 2 car has been in the front row, per USA Today's Jeff Gluck:

Not only did Keselowski go back-to-back on Friday, but he also did so in record-breaking fashion. His top speed of 188.791 miles per hour set a new benchmark at Kentucky:

That's the 12th track record to fall in qualifying this year, per Dustin Long of Motor Racing Network:

Heading into Saturday's race, Keselowski's sitting comfortably in the middle of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He's 47 points ahead of Kyle Busch in eighth, with his victory in Las Vegas back in March giving him some breathing room in the standings.

One checkered flag is the minimum qualification to get in the Chase, and two checkered flags make a driver untouchable. Keselowski will want to parlay his impressive qualifying day into a trip to Victory Lane.

Quaker State 400 Qualifying
PlaceDriverBest SpeedBest TimeBehind
1Brad Keselowski188.79128.603---
2Joey Logano187.17528.850-0.247
3Jeff Gordon186.83228.903-0.300
4Denny Hamlin186.37429.974-0.371
5Kevin Harvick186.10429.016-0.413
6Kyle Larson186.03429.027-0.424
7Ryan Newman186.01429.030-0.427
8Jamie McMurray185.95729.039-0.436
9Kurt Busch185.95029.040-0.437
10Danica Patrick185.80329.063-0.460
11Clint Bowyer185.41429.124-0.521
12Paul Menard185.09629.174-0.571
NASCAR.com

One of Keselowski's Team Penske teammates, Joey Logano, joins him in the front row after placing second. Team Penske has done extremely well in qualifying this year, so it's no surprise that its two best drivers would pace the field once again.

Logano congratulated his teammate on Twitter for a job well-done:

The No. 22 car already has two checkered flags in 2014, so he's all but assured of a place in the Chase. He can crash in every race between now and September and still finish in the top 16. Of course, that won't stop Logano from trying to hoard all of the wins.

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Two of the bigger surprises on the evening were the disappointing performances of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson. They're third and second, respectively, in the points standings but finished 29th and 25th, respectively, in qualifying.

Neither driver could even make it out of the first round:

Johnson sounded a little more confident that his team can turn things around. He commented that the qualifying trim was nowhere near as good as the racing trim:

Earnhardt, on the other hand, had fewer answers. He tweeted out that the No. 88 car was sluggish all day and had no idea why:

At least both drivers head into Saturday comfortable in knowing that they'll be there for the final Chase. They're made men at this point, so any success at Kentucky would be icing on top of what has already been an impressive season for both drivers.