Brad Keselowski wins pole for Xfinity Texas race

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Brad Keselowski will start from the pole in the Xfinity Series’ O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway, which airs on NBC.

Keselowksi recorded a speed of 186.909 mph, which tied Erik Jones. Keselowski received the tiebreaker based off owner points.

Filling out the top five was Matt Tifft (186.761), Daniel Suarez (186.567) and Kyle Larson (186.432).

Jones has started on the front row in all five Chase races.

The pole is the second this year for Team Penske’s No. 22 team after earning it at Road America. Keselowski’s pole, the 20th of his career, comes a year after giving the No. 22 team its last win.

It’s Keselowski’s first pole in 18 starts at Texas.

Where Xfinity Chase drivers will start:

Erik Jones, second

Daniel Suarez, fourth

Justin Allgaier, sixth

Elliott Sadler, eighth

Blake Koch, 12th

Ryan Reed, 13th

Brendan Gaughan, 16th

Darrell Wallace Jr., 18th

Click here for qualifying results.

NASCAR America: NASCAR’s stars hit the track for the ‘Little 600’ (video)

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Like more than three dozen of his NASCAR Cup counterparts, Joey Logano is gearing up for the longest race of the year, Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To warm up, Logano, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. and other NASCAR drivers headed to the GoPro Motorplex in North Carolina for the “Little 600.”

Check out how they fared in the above video that was on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.


Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, marking the second consecutive race at Charlotte Motor Speedway he has led the field to the green flag.

Harvick, a two-time Coke 600 winner, earned the top starting spot Thursday night with a lap of 193.424 mph in his Ford. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch, who won last weekend’s All-Star Race.

Chase Elliott starts third and is followed by Matt Kenseth and rookie Erik Jones.

Points leader Kyle Larson will start 39th in the 40-car field after not making a qualifying attempt. He hit the wall in practice and then his team couldn’t get through qualifying inspection until one minute remained in the opening round of the session. The team was unable to get Larson out of the garage in time to make an attempt.

Click here for Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

Slugger Labbe: How do crew chiefs prepare for grueling Coca-Cola 600? (video)

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Veteran crew chief Slugger Labbe stopped by the NASCAR America studio in Charlotte on Thursday.

Labbe gave his perspective on how NASCAR Cup crew chiefs will prepare for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. While the race length will be the same as it has been for decades, one significant change will have crew chiefs developing strategy that they’ve never had to deal with in the 600, namely, four different race stages.

Labbe also gave his take on the positives and negatives of the Laser Inspection Station for both pre- and post-race inspections.

Check out the above video.

NASCAR: Remembering Martin Truex Jr.’s dominating 2016 Coca-Cola 600 win

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In one of the most dominating performances in NASCAR history, Martin Truex Jr. turned last year’s Coca-Cola 600 into a runaway one-man show, leading the field for 392 of 400 laps.

Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America took a look back at Truex’s record-setting win.

Check out the video above.