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Brad Keselowski on pole for Sunday's race at Dover

Nick Bromberg
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Brad Keselowski signs an autograph prior to practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 24, 2014
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Brad Keselowski signs an autograph prior to practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Damn, Brad Keselowski's average qualifying position keeps improving.

The 2012 Sprint Cup Series Champion qualified first for Sunday's race at Dover. He beat out Kyle Busch, teammate Joey Logano and Dover dominator Jimmie Johnson for the top spot.

As we mentioned in Tuesday's Power Rankings, Keselowski's average starting position of 6.8 was the best in the Sprint Cup Series since Ryan Newman in 2005. Now, with Friday's pole position, it's a scant 6.4. And the only other driver with an average start in the single digits? Logano, Keselowski's Team Penske teammate.

Through the first 13 qualifying sessions of the season, Team Penske have been beasts in the knockout qualifying format. Keselowski has started on the front row eight times and has made the final round of qualifying in all but two races. Logano has also only missed the final session twice and has started on the front row three times.

But while Keselowski's win was from a front row starting position, Logano's two wins haven't been. He started 10th at Texas and 17th at Richmond, the two tracks he's won at this season. And the main competitor to the Penske cars on Sunday? That's Johnson, who won his first race of the season last year.

Johnson has eight wins in 24 Dover starts. In six of those wins he's started in the top 10.

Kyle Larson starts fifth, while Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers and Clint Bowyer round out the top 10. Only 43 cars attempted to qualify so no one missed the race.

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Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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