"I was just too loose," said Keselowski, who nonetheless was extremely positive about the potential of the #2 Blue Deuce for the race itself. "It was better than we thought it was going to be and just missed the change over coming into the night. That is as excited as I can be about a car that's [starting from 26th] because I know if it drives like it did with the front grip that it had, it's going to be amazing.”
Geoffrey Bodine, Scott Speed, Josh Wise failed to qualify after Hermie Sadler and Mike Bliss made the 43-car field based on car owner points.
The race takes place at 7.30pm local time on Saturday night (12.30am on Sunday morning BST, shown on satellite subscription channel Premier Sports TV.) The Nationwide Series "Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage" race is on Friday night at the same time, also from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Qualifying takes place earlier in the day.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Smith's 350 race meanwhile is being held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm and is one of the events supporting the IZOD IndyCar Series World Championship season finale.
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