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NASCAR Champion Ready To Bounce Back At Dover

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Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski probably would like to forget the month of May. After several disappointing performances over the last few weeks, he heads into Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway looking for a big rebound.

Last year, Keselowski won the fall race at Dover and took over the point lead in the Chase which ultimately led to his 2012 Championship title. So we know the team can get it done there.

This week, Keselowski’s crew chief, former driver and New York native Paul Wolfe, returns to the track after a two points race suspension (plus the All-Star event) due to NASCAR’s determination that certain rear end parts Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford were considered “unapproved” in the April race at Texas. Wolfe’s return couldn’t come at a better time as Keselowski placed 32nd and 36th in his last two races at Darlington and Charlotte and now is 10th in the driver points standings.

Keselowski’s blue deuce was the fastest of all the Ford’s in the field during Friday’s qualifying at the Monster Mile. He will start 8th with his Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano starting right behind in 9th.

Toyota drivers swept the first four starting positions for Sunday’s race with Denny Hamlin the fastest. That makes it two straight poles for Hamlin’s No. 11 Fedex Toyota. Martin Truex Jr. considers Dover his home track and will start alongside Hamlin on the front row.

Teammates Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will start their Toyota’s side by side in row two. Here is the complete starting lineup.


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