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Keselowski wins pole for Pure Michigan 400

Keselowski wins pole for Pure Michigan 400

Brad Keselowski led a 1-2-3 sweep of Fords in Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Friday at Michigan International Speedway, a long-running venue of friendly competition among NASCAR's manufacturers.

Thus far, a Cup victory in the Irish Hills has eluded the 2012 NASCAR champion, who was born in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills and cut his teeth on small racetracks around the state.

However, his two races this season have been won from the pole position, so it would be a first in the 2017 season if he ends up pulling off his third consecutive win at MI and fourth on 2.0-mile ovals after starting on the inside of Row 5 on Sunday.

Keselowski wants nothing more than a victory at MI, which his team owner Roger Penske owned from 1972-1999. "I know we have a fast auto to try and capitalize on it".

"Any success you have at your home track is right there with having success in the biggest races of the year, like Daytona", Keselowski said. It was his second pole of the season and the 14th of his Cup Series career. "It feels bigger and that's what it feels to me".