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Penske flexes pole muscle in IndyCar and NASCAR

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Team Penske flashed some serious pole power in both the IndyCar Series and NASCAR this weekend.

Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Helio Castroneves all clinched the top spots for owner Roger Penske in their respective races.

Keselowski won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway, and Logano won for Saturday’s Nationwide race at Dover. Castroneves took the IndyCar pole Saturday for the first race of the Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader.

“A great start to the weekend for Team Penske,” Penske said. “Brad, Joey and the NASCAR Cup series teams continue to do a super job on that side. Helio was very confident in his car and it showed with his first Verizon P1 Pole Award of the season. Not surprisingly, that No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang is fast again at Dover. Three series and three poles for Team Penske. Now we just need to get the checkered flags.”

Keselowski won his second pole of the season Friday on the mile track and fifth of his career. He also has six starts from second this season, making him one of the top front-row performers in NASCAR. Castroneves has two victories at Belle Isle, including the first win of his career, in 2000. Logano has traditionally been one of the drivers to beat in the Nationwide race.

“Team Penske has been really strong in this first quarter of the season,” Logano said.

Keselowski said Penske and Ford deserve credit for the fast cars.

“We have a strong backbone and great speed and we have been executing very well on qualifying day,” he said. “We have to keep that up. It has been great. We need to do that in race trim as well.”

The rest of the final Fast Six in the Detroit qualifying round included rookie Jack Hawksworth, defending race winner champion Mike Conway, Ryan Briscoe and Juan Pablo Montoya.

It was Montoya’s first appearance in the Fast Six round of qualifying, giving Team Penske two cars in the first three rows.