BUSCH: Keller bounces back to win Bristol pole

Bristol, TN -- After qualifying was pushed back nearly two hours for repairs to a damaged gate in turn two following Mike Harmon's early practice crash, ppc's Jason Keller found himself sitting a top the speed chart, grabbing the Bud Pole Award...

Bristol, TN -- After qualifying was pushed back nearly two hours for repairs to a damaged gate in turn two following Mike Harmon's early practice crash, ppc's Jason Keller found himself sitting a top the speed chart, grabbing the Bud Pole Award for Friday night's dash under the lights.

Less than a week following an engine failure at Michigan while running in the top 10, Keller recovered and turned his fast lap in his No. 57 Ford on the high banked half-mile oval in 15.421 seconds, a speed of 124.428 mph.

Starting alongside Keller in row one will be his ppc teammate, Scott Riggs. Riggs' lap, good enough for second best, topped off at 124.050 mph. Michigan winner Michael Waltrip will roll off of the grid in third. The 2001 Busch Series Champion Kevin Harvick, makes another appearance in his RCR owned No. 29. He will start in fourth while Brewco Motorsports' Jamie McMurray tops his best ever Bristol starting spot of 16th and closes out the top five starters.

Jeff Green, Mike McLaughlin, points leader Greg Biffle, Scott Wimmer and Jimmy Spencer complete the top 10.

Mike Harmon who was involved in the horrific early afternoon crash in turn two on Thursday, pulled out a backup and used a provisional for Friday night's event. Johnny Sauter, who slammed into what was left of Harmon's No. 44, also pulled out a backup and will start 17th.

49 cars attempted to qualify, leaving six teams packing. Those who did not make the race; Ron Young, Josh Richeson, Tim Bainey Jr., Joe Buford, Butch Jarvis and Kasey Kahne. A devastating blow for Kahne who headed off to Bristol with high hopes following a career best 10th place finish last week at Michigan.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Jason Keller , Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Mike McLaughlin , Jamie McMurray , Mike Harmon , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , Josh Richeson , Scott Wimmer , Ron Young , Joe Buford , Butch Jarvis , Tim Bainey Jr.