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KESELOWSKI LEADS FINAL AAA TEXAS 500 SPRINT CUP PRACTICE

by TMS Website | Nov 03, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas (November 2, 2012) – Brad Keselowski of Penske Racing paced Saturday’s final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) ran a lap of 183.300 miles per hour among his 46 laps during the one-hour session as Chase drivers owned five of the top six laps. It was a strong tune-up for Keselowski as he posted the fastest laps in both practices on Saturday. He will start eighth in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.

All the engine manufacturers were represented among the top four laps as Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota) was second at 184.193 mph, Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Ford EcoBoost Ford) third at 184.187 mph and five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) fourth at 184.055 mph. Johnson will start on the pole for the AAA Texas 500 while Bowyer will start fourth and Kenseth 10th.

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford) was the only non-Chase driver to crack the top six laps as he was fifth at 183.830 mph.

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 Carlyle Tools Toyota) ran a session-high 57 laps. Truex Jr., who starts fifth, had the 12th-fastest lap at 182.408 mph.

Frontstretch tickets for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, are still available by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or by calling (817) 215-8500. Green flag is 2 p.m. CT.

Pos Car Driver Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski 184.300
2 15 Clint Bowyer 184.193
3 17 Matt Kenseth 184.187
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 184.055
5 99 Carl Edwards 183.830
6 11 Denny Hamlin 183.624
7 22 Sam Hornish Jr.(i) 183.287
8 18 Kyle Busch 183.045
9 51 AJ Allmendinger 182.877
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 182.463
11 16 Greg Biffle 182.439
12 56 Martin Truex Jr. 182.408
13 24 Jeff Gordon 182.174
14 5 Kasey Kahne 181.861
15 29 Kevin Harvick 181.812
16 14 Tony Stewart 181.690
17 55 Mark Martin 181.677
18 27 Paul Menard 181.586
19 20 Joey Logano 181.342
20 10 Danica Patrick(i) 181.293
21 43 Aric Alrmirola 181.008
22 31 Jeff Burton 180.905
23 13 Casey Mears 180.850
24 9 Marcos Ambrose 180.499
25 39 Ryan Newman 180.469
26 78 Kurt Busch 180.132
27 1 Jamie McMurray 180.072
28 21 Trevor Bayne(i) 179.952
29 42 Juan Pablo Montoya 179.706
30 93 Travis Kvapil 179.671
31 47 Bobby Labonte 179.497
32 38 David Gilliland 179.104
33 34 David Ragan 178.843
34 83 Landon Cassill 177.795
35 95 Scott Speed 177.655
36 98 Michael McDowell 177.439
37 87 Joe Nemechek(i) 177.334
38 36 Dave Blaney 176.292
39 19 Mike Bliss(i) 176.252
40 26 Josh Wise # 176.234
41 91 Reed Sorenson(i) 176.039
42 32 Ken Schrader 175.810

# Denotes Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

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