Brad Keselowski takes pole for Nationwide Series race at Phoenix

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Brad Keselowski just keeps rolling along.

First, he finished third in last Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Then on Friday he set a track record en route to earning the pole for Sunday’s The Profit on CNBC 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Keselowski extended his success during qualifying for Saturday’s Nationwide Series’ Blue Jeans Go Green 200 by also taking the pole for that race.

Keselowski covered the one-mile flat track at PIR in a speed of 134.053 mph (at 26.855 seconds).

Richard Childress Racing driver Brian Scott was second fastest (134.043) and will sit on the outside pole.

Here’s the lineup for today’s Nationwide race:

Row 1: Brad Keselowski, Brian Scott

Row 2: Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth

Row 3: Ty Dillon, Elliott Sadler

Row 4: Kevin Harvick, Regan Smith

Row 5: Kyle Larson, Trevor Bayne

Row 6: Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher

Row 7: Dylan Kwasniewski, Brendan Gaughan

Row 8: Ryan Reed, James Buescher

Row 9: Mike Bliss, Ryan Sieg

Row 10: Landon Cassill, Dakoda Armstrong

Row 11: Josh Wise, Blake Koch

Row 12: Tanner Berryhill, Mike Wallace

Row 13: Jeffrey Earnhardt, Will Kimmell III

Row 14: Jamie Dick, Eric McClure

Row 15: Matt DiBenedetto, Joey Gase

Row 16: Jeremy Clements, Ruben Garcia Mateos

Row 17: Carl Long, Tommy Joe Martins

Row 18: Derrike Cope, Mike Harmon

Row 19: Daryl Harr, Carlos Contreras

Row 20: Martin Roy

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Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)