Keselowski leads final practice at Dover
September 28, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Chase drivers produce 13 of the 17 fastest results
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DOVER, Del. -- Brad Keselowski may not be in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this season, but he's still making his presence felt at Dover International Speedway.
The reigning series champion was the fastest in Saturday's final practice for the AAA 400, with a passel of title contenders right at his heels. Chase drivers occupied 13 of the next 16 spots on the speed chart, with five-time champion and seven-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson in second behind the Penske Racing driver.
Keselowski's top speed was 156.338 mph. In third was Chase leader Matt Kenseth, who has won the first two playoff races and entered the Monster Mile with a 14-point lead over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Johnson is third in the standings, 18 points off Kenseth's lead.
Ryan Newman and pole-winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five. Next came a pair of Michael Waltrip Racing cars not qualified for the playoff, driven by Brian Vickers and Martin Truex Jr. Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano completed the top 10.
Kurt Busch was 11th, followed by Kasey Kahne, who was fastest in Saturday's first practice session. Next were Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards. Kevin Harvick stood 16th, while Clint Bowyer was last among the Chase drivers in 17th position.
Sunday's race, the third in the 10-event Chase, is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET (ESPN). Keselowski is the defending champion.