September 30, 2016

“Citizen Soldier 400” qualifying canceled; Keselowski to start race from top spot

A light rain shower on Friday afternoon canceled qualifying for the “Citizen Soldier 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway.

Brad Keselowski will start from the top spot in the “Citizen Soldier 400” on Sunday at Dover International Speedway after Friday’s qualifying session was canceled due to rain. PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES

The lineup for Sunday’s race was set by owner’s points, which means the 16 contenders in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship will occupy the first 16 starting spots. Four drivers will be eliminated from championship contention following Sunday’s race.

Brad Keselowski will start from the top spot, and will receive the first pit stall selection, heading into Sunday’s race.

“We earned that because we’ve been having a great season,” said Keselowski, a former winner at the Monster Mile and the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion. “It’s something to be very proud of and this is one of the perks you get when you’re up front.”

Keselowski only had the 19th fastest speed during a morning practice session among Cup drivers, with a speed of 162.177 mph.

“We did two race runs [during practice] and our second race run was very stellar. I’m encouraged if we’re unable to get on the track anymore before Sunday’s race.”

Two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions are scheduled for Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.




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