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Keselowski steals spotlight from Kyle Busch

JOLIET, Ill. — Kyle Busch raced to the top spot at Chicagoland. But Brad Keselowski was the driver pegged as the No. 1 target by the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup field.

The Ford driver shook up a lazy Friday with a tweet that accused NASCAR of letting Toyota get ahead of the rest of the manufacturers.

Busch opened his bid for a second Cup championship with a lap of 187.963 mph on Friday's qualifying to win the pole for Sunday's Tales of the Turtles 400.

"I'm way behind in payback, just FYI," Busch said. "He's way ahead. If anybody's going to be getting it, it's going to be him."

Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin start on the front row and fellow Toyota driver Martin Truex was third.

Keselowski, who qualified fifth, suggested the championship finale would be comprised of four Toyota drivers.

"Winning counts and sometimes you have to catch a little bit of luck. That happens. The fastest car doesn't always win. That has been the case a few times with late yellows and so forth," Keselowski said. "Winning races is more than one thing, it always has been and always will be.

"You always like to be close, but right now we aren't close."

TRUCKS: Ryan Truex took the pole with a top lap of 175.982 for Friday's late The House.com 225 at Joliet, Ill. Chase Briscoe was second at 175.890.

NHRA: Doug Kalitta led Top Fuel qualifying with a 3.723-second pass at 329.50 mph in the Carolina Nationals at Concord, N.C.

Keselowski steals spotlight from Kyle Busch 09/15/17 [Last modified: Friday, September 15, 2017 9:57pm]
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