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Michigan Native Brad Keselowski Takes Pole at MIS

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And with qualifying complete at Michigan International Speedway, the lineup in now set for the Pure Michigan 400, with Brad Keselowski starting from the pole after running 203.097 miles per hour in his Team Penske Ford.

Here’s where every driver will start in the 23rd Monster Energy Cup Series race of the season.


  1. Brad Keselowski

A Michigan native, Keselowski has high hopes for this this weekend and a victory on his home turf.


  1. Joey Logano

Currently on the outside of NASCAR’s playoffs, Logano needs to win one of the next four races to compete for a championship. He gave Team Penske a front-row sweep.


  1. Kevin Harvick

Not surprising that Harvick had plenty of speed in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.


  1. Matt Kenseth

Still looking for a ride in 2018, Kenseth is on the NASCAR playoff bubble.


  1. Chase Elliott

Michigan is a great track for Elliott, who has finished second here in all three of his Cup starts.


  1. Kyle Busch

In practice, Busch banged the wall, but not so badly that he has to go to a backup car.


  1. Jamie McMurray

With no victories and no playoff points, McMurray’s position is somewhat tenuous right now.


  1. Erik Jones

Still in contention for a playoff spot and rookie-of-the-year honors, Jones has had good speed.


  1. Kyle Larson

Larson has won the last two races at MIS, including in June, when he won from the pole.


  1. Denny Hamlin

In recent weeks, Hamlin has picked up the pace, including winning at New Hampshire.


  1. Clint Bowyer

It’s been a good season so far for Bowyer, though he’s still outside the top 20 in points.


  1. Ryan Blaney

In practice, Blaney put the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford in the No. 1 slot. He was fastest in the first two qualifying rounds, too, but bobbled in the final round.


  1. Martin Truex Jr.

It’s possible — likely, even — that Truex will cruise into the championship hunt with 50 or more playoff points, which would be a huge advantage.


  1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The Roush Fenway Racing cars are still hunting for speed.


  1. Kurt Busch

The elder Busch, a past series champion, has yet to announce his 2018 plans.


  1. Daniel Suarez

Last week at Watkins Glen, Suarez scored a career-best third-place finish.


  1. Austin Dillon

Lately, none of the Richard Childress Racing drivers have shown much speed.


  1. Danica Patrick

Is this Patrick’s last season in NASCAR? Her future continues to be a source of speculation.


  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

This has been a disappointing season for Earnhardt with finishes of 36th in the Brickyard 400 and 37th at Watkins Glen.


  1. Chris Buescher

Making it to the second round was a good effort for Buescher.


  1. Trevor Bayne

In recent races, Bayne has struggled to finish well.


  1. Jimmie Johnson

The seven-time Cup champion is mired in a deep slump, but that’s not all that unusual this time of year.


  1. Kasey Kahne

Where Kahne will drive in 2018 is one of the hottest topics in Silly Season right now.


  1. Aric Almirola

Lately, Almirola’s name has come up in some of the more recent Silly Season rumors.


  1. Ryan Newman

The veteran driver is in the playoffs, but will have to run better to advance.


  1. Michael McDowell

McDowell is on track to have the best finish of his career this year.


  1. Matt DiBenedetto

He didn’t make the second round but all in all, a respectable effort for DiBenedetto.


  1. David Ragan

Once again, not much speed for the Front Row Motorsports squad.


  1. AJ Allmendinger

Certainly not the result the ‘Dinger was looking for here.


  1. Paul Menard

This will be Menard’s last Michigan start with Richard Childress Racing.


  1. Cole Whitt

Not great for Whitt, but not horrible, either.


  1. Landon Cassill

Once again, not much speed for the Front Row Motorsports squad.


  1. Ty Dillon

The younger Dillon has had a solid first year in the Cup Series, but this was a disappointment.


  1. Corey LaJoie

In his only prior Michigan start, LaJoie finished 30th.


  1. Brett Moffitt

Once again, Moffitt is back in the cockpit of a Cup car.


  1. Jeffrey Earnhardt

At least Earnhardt isn’t starting last this week.


  1. Derrike Cope

The veteran is back this weekend for another Michigan race.


  1. Reed Sorenson

Another week and more struggles for Sorenson.


  1. B.J. McLeod

This will be the third career Cup start for McLeod.

All article photos courtesy of Nigel Kinrade Photography © 2017 


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Tom Jensen

Tom Jensen is a veteran motorsports journalist. He spent 13 years with, where he was Digital Content Manager. Previously, he was executive editor of NASCAR Scene and managing editor of National Speed Sport News. Jensen served as the president of the National Motorsports Press Association and is the group’s former Writer of the Year.