It's a Penske front row sweep at Kentucky: Keselowski starts first, Logano second

Drivers Brad Keselowski, left, and Joey Logano compare notes in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., Friday, June 27, 2014. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Two weeks ago at Michigan, Brad Keselowski said the Hendrick-powered cars were "probably a full season ahead of everyone." Well, on Friday at Kentucky during qualifying for Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race, Keselowski and Team Penske teammate Joey Logano had the fastest cars.

The Penske duo, the best qualifiers in NASCAR this year, qualified on the front row, edging out Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick.

Both Penske drivers were incredibly fast throughout Friday's three rounds of qualifying. Logano was fastest in the first two rounds while Keselowski was third in the first session and second in the second.

The pole is Keselowski's third of the season in the Cup Series and was his second of the day. Earlier he qualified on the pole for Friday night's Nationwide Series race.

While Gordon, Kyle Larson and three Stewart-Haas Racing cars (Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick) made the final 12 with their Hendrick horsepower, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson failed to advance from the first round. Johnson qualified 25th while Junior was 29th.

Because of the short field entered in Saturday night's race, no drivers obviously did not qualify. There was one change to the entry list before practice began on Friday. BK Racing entered a fourth car for Mike Bliss with the No. 44 of Xxxtreme Motorsports withdrew for being too risque.*

*OK, that's not true. The team tweeted that it had "in house politics that needed to be resolved."

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