Keselowski wins pole for playoff race

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Brad Keselowski has won the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.

Keselowski earned his second career pole at Richmond and the 17th of his career with a lap at 127.185 miles per hour. It will be his 16th top-10 start in 28 races this year, and he'll be looking to match his performance in 2014 when he won here from the pole position.

"The car drove very, very well," Keselowski said, adding that he didn't participate in the two daytime practice sessions because the conditions were going to be so different with the sun not quite so high in the sky. "We've had exceptional short-run speed here the last few times, again this weekend, but then the races seem to be playing out with long runs.

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