Maybe the head start he got on the track made the difference. After winning the Nationwide pole on Friday at Kentucky Speedway, he jumped in his Sprint Cup series car and grabbed his second pole of the day with a track-record speed of 188.791.
"I thought we were all going to be a lot slower, so I was a little bit surprised by the speeds that were ran," said Keselowski.
In all 23 drivers broke Dale Earnhardt Jr's previous track record, just in the first round of knockout qualifying alone.
Jeff Gordon will start third, Denny Hamlin was fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer advanced to the final round of the knockout qualifying, and will start Saturday night’s race under the lights 11th.
“When we went into it we were thinking it was going to rain and we bettered ourselves by one position,” said Bowyer. “ Looking forward to the race. Just like last year, we never seemed to practice good here or qualify good here and always race good. We’ll be fine.”