First Pole for Keselowski

Brad Keselowski

Keselowski's first career pole came in his 44th start.

Brad Keselowski earned his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole turning a lap of 133.572 mph to grand the top spot for Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Keselowski was one of six non-Chase competitors to crack the top ten in Friday's session to set the field for Sunday’s championship season kick-off at the one-mile track.

"It's been a tumultuous season to be sure but this is a great run and hopefully will set the tone for us the rest of this season on the Sprint Cup side," said Keselowski, who holds a commanding lead in the Nationwide Series but failed to make the Chase in his Sprint Cup Series effort.

The Penske Racing driver will be flanked on the front row by Clint Bowyer. Tony Stewart and Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing teammates Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top five.

A.J. Allmendinger, David Reutimann, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards completed the first 10 qualifiers.

Other Chase drivers in the field include Kurt Busch (12th), Jeff Burton (13th), Greg Biffle (14th),  Jeff Gordon (17th), Denny Hamlin (22nd), Jimmie Johnson (25th), Kevin Harvick (27th) and Matt Kenseth (33rd).

"I would love to be the spoiler of the Chase," Keselowski said. "Our guys work so hard and I think we can really be a part of these last 10 races of the season."

Johnny Sauter and Jeff Green failed to qualify for Sunday's race.

Sunday's Sylvania 300 is slated for a 1:15 p.m. ET green flag.

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