Brad Keselowski will have a lot of ground to make up over the repaved surface of Kansas Speedway after a lousy qualifying lap left him starting deep in the field on Sunday.
The leader in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship thinks he has a couple of things going for him.
He's performed well at Kansas in the past - he won over the 1.5-mile track last year, and his average finish in his last three races is fifth. And he's performed well over tracks that have had a facelift this year, winning at Chicago and finishing fourth at Pocono.
''The track has been very good to me in the past, but obviously it's much different now with the repave,'' said Keselowski, who enters the weekend with a seven-point lead over Jimmie Johnson. Keselowski will start 25th after struggling to find speed in Friday's qualifying.
''It's a different track today,'' Keselowski said after practice Saturday, ''and I suspect it will be a different track tomorrow.''
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