The last couple of races haven’t been going the right way for defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, but things might be heading towards the better at New Hampshire.
During Friday’s Cup Series qualifying session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Camping World RV Sales 301, Keselowski captured his first pole award of the 2013 season. Not only did the reigning champion win the top spot for Sunday’s race, but he did it in high fashion by capturing a new track record. After some trouble the last few races, the pole award at New Hampshire could be a turn for the better for the 2012 champion.
Within the last five races, Keselowski has failed to finish within the top 10 and it’s been just a few of his struggles this season. The win pole at New Hampshire not only helps can his luck as of late but at a track where track position is very crucial, the pole award is what he needs.
Currently sitting in 13th within the point standings, the reigning champion broke the old track record of 135.232 mph in 28.165 seconds by Ryan Newman at New Hampshire with a lap of 135.922 mph in 28.022 seconds.
Keselowski’s latest pole win comes about two years since his last pole win.
The new record and the pole win couldn’t have come at a better time for Keselowski with eight races to go until the start of the chase. With a good start to the race weekend at the Magic Mile should giving Keselowski some confidence moving forward.
If the pole win doesn’t give Keselowski confidence moving forward, it should make him happy in one aspect; he’s secured his spot in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited, a race he had to sit out from in 2013.