May 31, 2014, 10:41 AM EDT
FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks pole sitter Brad Keselowski carried over his quick pace in qualifying to this morning’s Sprint Cup practice session, which he led with a lap at 159.702 mph in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford.
The Cup contingent will have their final practice at Dover International Speedway later this afternoon at 12:30 p.m. ET.
“I’m really happy so far, but it’s a long way to go and the race is a lot different than practice,” Keselowski told Fox Sports.
“It’s cool morning temperatures and the track has a little bit of rubber on it, but nothing like what it’ll have on Sunday, and that will change it dramatically.
“We’re fast now, we have to stay ahead of our Miller Lite Ford Fusion, and we have to make sure we’ll stay fast for the race.”
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick was second-quickest this morning with his lap at 159.341 mph and also had the best consecutive 10-lap average (Laps 1-10, average of 157.749). He was followed by Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards and his lap at 158.856 mph, good for third on the time sheets.
Brian Vickers (Michael Waltrip Racing; 158.716) and Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing; 158.513) completed the Top 5 speeds. Kyle Busch, who will start alongside Keselowski on the front row for Sunday’s 400-miler, was only 22nd-quickest in his JGR Toyota (157.315).
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