Brad Keselowski won the pole for this weekends NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix International Raceway as knockout qualifying made its debut.
The new qualifying format titled knockout qualifying began with all cars running laps at the same time before the field began to be cut down for the following segment. The top 12 cars moved on, while the rest of the field was seated in spots 13-43 with three cars failing to make the race.
In the final segment the No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Fusion of Keselowski was the fastest claiming the pole at the 1-mile flat track located in Avondale, Arizona. Morgan Shepherd at 72 will break his own record for oldest driver ever in a Sprint Cup Series race.
Last season Carl Edwards won this race while Kevin Harvick was the winner in the fall. Coverage of The Profit on CNBC 500k will take place on FOX beginning at 3:00 pm ET with the green flag set to wave at 3:15 pm ET.
Sunday’s race will be 312 laps making up 312 miles.
Dave Blaney, Josh Wise and Landon Cassill failed to qualify for the race.