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Keselowski takes Kobalt 400 pole at Las Vegas, Truex also on front row

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The Brad Keselowski train keeps rolling along.

Keselowski won last Sunday at Atlanta. He added to that Friday by earning the pole position for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Keselowski is now going for his second consecutive win not only this season, but after winning there last year, is also looking for his second win in a row at the 1.5-mile LVMS.

Keselowski grabbed the pole with a speed of 193.680 mph. It was the 13th career Cup pole for Keselowski and the 120th career Cup pole for Team Penske.

Martin Truex Jr. earned the outside spot on the front row at 193.458 mph. It’s Truex’s first front row start of the season.

Third through fifth were Ryan Blaney (193.410 mph), Matt Kenseth (193.389) and Kyle Larson (193.161).

Sixth through 12th were Joey Logano (193.140), Kasey Kahne (193.133), Erik Jones (192.369), Kyle Busch (192.362), Jamie McMurray (192.362), Daniel Suarez (191.966) and Chase Elliott (191.042).

The Cup Series drivers have two practices set for Saturday at 12-12:55 p.m. ET and 2:30-3:20 p.m. ET.

Also Saturday, the Xfinity Series has qualifying at 1:05 p.m. ET, with the Boyd Gaming 300 race scheduled later the same afternoon for 4 p.m. ET.

Click here for the full results of Friday’s NASCAR Cup qualifying at Las Vegas.

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Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed of 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five is completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

Click here for full qualifying results.

Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Bush recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

Click here for the full practice report.

Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams will be held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three ties.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes on top of them not making qualifying runs on Thursday after neither of their cars passed inspection in time.


NASCAR America: How much risk should drivers take in the Coca-Cola 600?

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As in many things in life, whether something is worth doing comes down to risk vs. reward.

Such will be the case in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. How much are drivers willing to risk? Will that risk be worth reward, particularly with the additional stage to the race?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman jumped into the iRacing simulator and showed the greatest strategies to employ in Sunday’s race, especially with the traction compound up top.

Check out the above video.