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2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski has been close to winning at Michigan International Raceway in NASCAR’s top national series, his home race track.
With six career top five finishes in his last 17 races in the MENCS, among them a second place average during Keselowski’s championship winning season Aug 19, 2012, according to driveraverages.com — the Rochester Hills native and Team Penske look to return back to winning ways in the Irish Hills.
According to Zack Albert’s online NASCAR.com article, the driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion averaged “203.097 mph” around MIS, with his Team Penske ally, Joey Logano, starting on the front row. Surprisingly, Albert’s reports says Logano was only “.006 seconds” off the pole during the final five minutes of qualifying.
Keselowski’s pole position at MIS is his first since Las Vegas Motorspeedway on March 12, according to racing-reference.info.
Logano said in a Facebook Live video by Team Penske that his second place qualifying effort is a big improvement compared to the previous MENCS races piloting his No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford, and if a two-time winner this season, he hopes that advancing into the chase playoffs will be imminent.
In the last Michigan race, Kyle Larson won his third career MENCS race win at the 2-mile oval from the pole. Can Keselowski get his first win at MIS, or will it be Logano’s turn at taking home the checkered flag to secure his place among the 16 drivers in the 2017 Chase for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup? All will be revealed when the checkered flag waves 400 miles later, so strap yourself in and leave your TV clicker tuned in on NBCSN.