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Brad Keselowski Has Momentum Heading Into Phoenix

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Keselowski is on his quest for another NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, and he’s getting off to a fast start to the season.

During Speedweeks at Daytona, Keselowski was among the fastest cars within all of the races. That has seemed to continue throughout Phoenix, as he took the top spot in Cup Series qualifying and made history at the same time.

At the Cup Series qualifying session at Phoenix and the first knockout Cup qualifying, Keselowski won the pole with the fastest time in the new qualifying format. Not only will he will starting from the pole alongside Team Penske teammate Joey Logano, but he will be in one of the fastest cars in the field.

Momentum has been building up for the 2012 Cup Series champion; he led for the majority of the second race in the Budweiser duel until he received a pit road penalty. Keselowski challenged for the win at the Daytona 500 and captured a top five finish.

In the Nationwide Series, he also challenged for the win at Daytona and finished in the top five. At Phoenix, he won the pole for the Nationwide race, sweeping both knockout qualifying sessions at the track.

Keselowski may have momentum on his side, but he needs to capitalize on it while he has the chance. He has been having some fast cars that have made him compete up front and race for wins.

If momentum stays on his side at Phoenix, Keselowski can take his first win of the year and with a win clinch a spot for championship contention.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy