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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Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

SHOW OF SUPPORT: Drivers take knee before race

Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).