Keselowski Leads Final NNS Feed the Children 300 Practice
Defending Feed The Children 300 champion Brad Keselowski led the final NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) practice session at Kentucky Speedway today with a quick 174.295 mph (30.982 seconds) lap.
He will attempt to qualify for his fifth Kentucky Speedway NNS race this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. He started fifth last season and scored his fourth consecutive top-four series finish at the track. He averaged a third-place finish in his four career NNS appearances on the 1.5-mile Bluegrass State tri-oval.
The Rochester Hills, Mich., driver was third on the speed chart in yesterday's opening NNS practice with a 169.051 mph (31.943 seconds) lap and will have the chance to become the second driver to earn back-to-back Kentucky Speedway NNS wins.
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano accomplished the repeat feat in 2008 and 2009 before tacking on a third straight NNS track victory in 2010.
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) driver Austin Dillon was second on the final Feed The Children practice chart with a 174.154 mph (31.007 seconds) lap in his No. 3 car and Kevin Harvick, Inc., owner Kevin Harvick was third with a 172.585 mph (31.289 seconds) lap.
Dillon will make NNS Kentucky debut tonight, but did take his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) track-best second-place finish on Oct. 1, 2011. He scored his second career NCWTS Kentucky pole award for that race with a standing track qualifying record 179.868 mph (30.022 seconds) effort.
Harvick will make his second straight and fourth career NNS Kentucky Speedway start tonight. He earned a victory in the series inaugural event at the track on June 16, 2001, placed second to Keselowski in last season's Feed The Children 300 and owns a total of three top-10 NNS finishes at the facility through three career starts.
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Story by Mike Schmaltz