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A NASCAR win for Brad Keselowski would make MI even more special

13 August 2017, 10:05 | Andy Ferguson

NASCAR at Michigan 2017 Qualifying Results: Brad Keselowski Takes Pole

Keselowski wins pole for Pure Michigan 400

Earnhardt Jr.is winless over the past two seasons, and he has only four top-10 finishes this year.

"Michigan, for me, being my home track, just feels like a bigger event than other weeks and you want to make these people proud when you have the opportunity", said Keselowski, who has two wins this season and a total of 23 career Cup victories.

The Pure Michigan 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 13 at 3 p.m./e.t. After picking up his fourth win of the season last week, Martin Truex Jr. has opened up a huge lead at the top of the standings (881 points) over Kyle Larson (765 points) and is likely going to grab those extra 15 playoff points awarded to the regular season champion. He won from the poll in June and picked up his first ever Cup Series win here last August from the 12th place starting position.

Looking at the results from both MI and Fontana since the start of 2015, it has been Chase Elliott leading the way as he has yet to finish outside the Top 10 at a two-mile track. Brad Keselowski has also been impressive on the two-mile tracks with a 6.3 average finish over the last eight races and has finished Top 10 in nine of his last races between the two tracks. Kenseth also doesn't have a job lined up for next season and without a major sponsor in his pocket, he'll have to rely on performance to obtain a competitive ride Kenseth averages a tenth place finish at MI and he was 11th here in the spring but that was before the recent Toyota speed resurgence which should put him in a favorable spot on Sunday. "You lose time in one corner and you can't make it up". Matt Kenseth is listed at attractive 18-1 odds this weekend and should not be forgotten when looking for favorites for the Pure Michigan 400.

"I get to compete there and come back and go for three in a row here, so it's a cool weekend for me, and I'm really excited for it", he said. Since his "encumbered" win at Richmond, it has been pretty much a downhill ride.

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However, Larson's been in a funk since mid-July with three straight finishes outside of the top 23. If he can't get the win this weekend, the next three races prior to the playoffs are pretty good tracks for him as well.

Brad Keselowski returns to MI still searching for his first win at his hometown track.

A look at the top finishes in Brooklyn, Mich., for the Rochester Hills native.

I haven't been on the #88 in awhile as the speed and results just haven't been there. We actually have a new engine package here this weekend.

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