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NASCAR at Michigan 2019 Qualifying Results: Brad Keselowski Takes Pole Position

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2019

BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 09: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, drives during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 09, 2019 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Brad Keselowski claimed his second pole of the season and will start from the No. 1 spot Sunday in the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Keselowski posted a lap time of 37.801 seconds and a top speed of 190.471 mph, edging out Kevin Harvick. William Byron, Alex Bowman and Clint Bowyer fill out the top five.

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He saved the best for last! 😱 @keselowski knocks off @KevinHarvick to take the pole at his home track of @MISpeedway! https://t.co/8jBYM1WMUa

Here's the top 10, with the full starting order available at NASCAR.com:

           

Consumers Energy 400 Qualifying Results

1. Brad Keselowski

2. Kevin Harvick

3. William Byron

4. Alex Bowman

5. Clint Bowyer

6. Chase Elliott

7. Austin Dillon

8. Ryan Blaney

9. Joey Logano

10. Paul Menard

          

Keselowski is a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan. He's still looking for a victory at his home track after finishing as runner-up twice in 20 tries over his career.

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Second fastest in practice. ✅ Fastest in qualifying. ✅ Is Sunday the day @keselowski finally wins in his home state? https://t.co/xIj4kveOV9

Historically, Keselowski has performed well in Brooklyn. His average finish of 11.6 is third among active drivers, and he has never failed to finish a race.

The 35-year-old has three wins already this season to lock up a playoff berth, and a fourth checkered flag would tie him for the most this season. He enters the race sitting fourth in the playoff standings with 728 points.

Likewise, Harvick's status for the round of 16 is secured after he got his long-awaited win in July's Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. However, he's seventh in the standings despite having accrued the third-most points (777). A first-place finish at Michigan would move Harvick into sixth.

Byron and Bowyer have a little more riding on the Consumers Energy 400. Both drivers are without a victory, and Bowyer in particular is on the playoff bubble. His 556 points are only 12 more than Ryan Newman in 17th place.

Including Sunday's event, four races remain before the playoffs begin. The drivers who remain winless are running out of time to solidify their status in the top 16.

A trip to Victory Lane won't be a requirement to contend for a title in September—seven drivers in the current playoff field have yet to taste success—but it would eliminate a lot of stress for those still with work to do.