Brad Keselowski narrowly knocked his Team Penske teammate of Joey Logano off of his throne when it comes to Busch Pole qualifying in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at the Watkins Glen International. Every year since 2015, Logano had earned the Zippo 200 pole.
On Saturday, Logano had his No. 22 Ford fastest in the first round of qualifying and on top of the leaderboard in the second and final round as well. The last driver to have a shot of knocking him off was Keselowski.
On his final lap around the upstate New York road course, Keselowski was trending quicker than his teammate. He was well on his way to a pole run until the 11th and final corner. Keselowski, over drove the turn and lost so much ground he aborted his run which allowed Logano to earn his 35th career pole in the series and fourth straight at Watkins Glen.
Logano, circled the track with a speed of 122.995 mph good enough for the pole for Saturday’s race. It was Penske’s fifth straight Watkins Glen pole as Logano is eyeing his third win in the race in the last four years.
Keselowski, will roll off alongside in second to give Penske a clean sweep of the front row. He turned in an early lap of 122.376 mph in his No. 12 Ford.
Kyle Larson (122.002 mph) and AJ Allmendinger (121.633 mph) will share Row 2 while Daniel Hemric (121.612 mph) rounded out the top five.
There were five Chevrolet drivers in the top seven of the starting lineup.
Christopher Bell who’s looking to win for a fourth straight week will start 11th.
Zippo 200 Starting Lineup
Row 1: Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski
Row 2: Kyle Larson, AJ Allmendinger
Row 3: Daniel Hemric, Austin Dillon
Row 4: Ryan Truex, Ryan Preece
Row 5: Aric Almirola, Justin Allgaier
Row 6: Christopher Bell, Cole Custer
Row 7: Elliott Sadler, Austin Cindric R
Row 8: Jeremy Clements, Matt Tifft
Row 9: Kaz Grala R, Justin Haley
Row 10: Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones
Row 11: Alex Labbe R, Scott Heckert
Row 12: Ross Chastain, Mike Skeen
Row 13: Michael Annett, JJ Yeley
Row 14: Tyler Reddick R, Ryan Sieg
Row 15: Victor Gonzlaez Jr., Tommy Joe Martins
Row 16: Timmy Hill, Garrett Smithley
Row 17: Jeff Green, David Starr
Row 18: Chad Finchum R, Brian Henderson
Row 19: Joey Gase, Josh Bilicki R
Row 20: Spencer Boyd R, Vinnie Miller R