After winning the pole on Friday at Kansas Speedway, Brad Keselowski was still the fastest driver on Saturday morning.
The Team Penske driver paced the first of two practices scheduled for Saturday at the 1.5-mile track with a lap of 189.960 mph in his No. 2 Ford.
Fellow Chase drivers Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano were second and third fastest, respectively, in the second of three practices held this weekend in preparation for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.
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Non-Chasers Ryan Blaney and Brian Scott completed the top five. But the man they were all chasing was Keselowski, who currently holds the transfer spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
“The track is changing," Keselowski said after practice. "Today it’s a lot cooler than it’s supposed to be tomorrow. We know the grooves and all of that is going to change, so we have some speed, but we have to keep working on it because you’re gonna see comers and goers as the track changes, and we don’t want to be a goer. We want to be one of those guys that comes to the front and stays in the front, so we’ve got to keep working.”
Chase driver Martin Truex Jr. and non-Chaser Greg Biffle clocked in sixth and seventh, respectively, as Chase drivers Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman filled out the rest of the top 10.
Here’s how the other Chase drivers stacked up: Kurt Busch (16th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (17th), Kyle Busch (20th), Carl Edwards (22nd), Jeff Gordon (28th).
With one race down and two to go in the Chase Contender Round, Earnhardt, Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Newman are the four drivers on the wrong side of the cutoff for advancing to the next round.
Logano, winner of last weekend’s race at Charlotte, is the only driver to already lock up a berth in the next round, which will consist of just eight drivers.