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Brad Keselowski Quickest in Friday’s Lone Practice at Pocono

Pacing the majority of practice at 175.370 mph, Brad Keselowski improved to 176.606 mph near the conclusion of the session, which placed him first on the speed charts at Pocono Raceway. Preparing for qualifying ahead of the Windows 10 400, the Team Penske driver led the way by 77-one hundredths of a second.

Keselowski has one victory this season (at Fontana), and enters Pocono sixth in the championship standings. In June, he finished 17th at the 2.5-mile track. Over the course of his first 11 starts at the “tricky triangle,” the driver of the No. 2 Ford has a victory (2011), three top fives and four top 10s.

Matt Kenseth clocked in the second fastest time during practice for his Joe Gibbs Racing team. Coming off three straight top-10 finishes, he is searching for his second win of 2015. Along with Kenseth, his JGR teammate Denny Hamlin joined him inside the top three in the first session of the weekend.

The winner of the last three races, Kyle Busch, was eighth in practice on Friday morning. Looking for his fourth straight victory, he will have to overcome his average finish of 18.3 in 21 starts at Pocono.

Here are the results from Friday’s only practice session:

Qualifying is set for 4:45 p.m. ET on Friday afternoon, which will be televised live on NBCSN.
1 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 50.961 176.606
2 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 51.038 176.339
3 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 51.059 176.267
4 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol Chevrolet 51.087 176.170
5 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet 51.140 175.987
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 51.164 175.905
7 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 51.184 175.836
8 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy Toyota 51.240 175.644
9 1 Jamie McMurray Lexar Chevrolet 51.277 175.517
10 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 51.309 175.408
11 19 Carl Edwards Stanley Toyota 51.312 175.398
12 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet 51.341 175.298
13 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 51.365 175.217
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Microsoft Chevrolet 51.371 175.196
15 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush’s Grillin Beans Chevrolet 51.442 174.954
16 42 Kyle Larson Suave Men Chevrolet 51.514 174.710
17 43 Aric Almirola United States Air Force Ford 51.558 174.561
18 24 Jeff Gordon AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet 51.595 174.436
19 15 Clint Bowyer Maxwell House Toyota 51.667 174.192
20 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 51.707 174.058
21 55 David Ragan Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 51.783 173.802
22 14 Tony Stewart Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 51.783 173.802
23 27 Paul Menard Sylvania/Menards Chevrolet 51.787 173.789
24 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 51.865 173.527
25 51 Justin Allgaier Fraternal Order of Eagles/Switch Hitch Chevrolet 51.987 173.120
26 7 Alex Bowman FW1 Wash and Wax Chevrolet 52.032 172.970
27 16 Greg Biffle Roush Performance Ford 52.079 172.814
28 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 52.114 172.698
29 35 Cole Whitt MDS Transportation Ford 52.133 172.635
30 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Medallion Bank Ford 52.234 172.302
31 34 Brett Moffitt # A&W All American Food Ford 52.363 171.877
32 23 JJ Yeley(i) Dr Pepper Toyota 52.463 171.549
33 40 Landon Cassill(i) Chevrolet 52.550 171.265
34 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 52.579 171.171
35 5 Kasey Kahne Aquafina Chevrolet 52.692 170.804
36 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 52.768 170.558
37 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford 52.780 170.519
38 32 Travis Kvapil(i) Skuttle Tight Ford 52.820 170.390
39 26 Jeb Burton # Maxim Toyota 52.827 170.367
40 83 Matt DiBenedetto # Burger King Toyota 53.016 169.760
41 98 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 54.020 166.605
42 33 Alex Kennedy # MediaCAST Chevrolet 54.426 165.362
43 62 Timmy Hill(i) Ford 54.783 164.285

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