Dan Gelston

DOVER, Del.: Brad Keselow­ski is getting used to racing out front, turning a track-record lap of 164.444 mph to win the pole at Dover International Speedway.

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.

“It’s been a good year for qualifying,” Keselowski said, “And I would say most years, that has not been the case.”

Keselowski and his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano have figured out fast qualifying in their Fords. Kyle Busch starts second, and Logano, eight-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson and rookie Kyle Larson round out the top five for Sunday’s race.

Series points leader Jeff Gordon was sixth, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers and Clint Bowyer. Bowyer turned 35 on Friday.

With only 43 cars entered, every driver qualified for the 400-mile race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was knocked out in the first round by less than a second by AJ Allmendinger as the session wound down. Other stars who failed to advance out of the first round included Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, and Tony Stewart. Danica Patrick also did not advance and starts 28th.

“We’ve got all kinds of time on Sunday,” Patrick said.

Keselowski has a win and five top 10s this season. His previous pole at Phoenix netted him a third-place finish.

He credited Ford for helping the No. 2 find the speed it needed to boost its qualifying efforts.

“I don’t think we were far off before, we just needed those little pieces that were outside of our control to be evened up,” he said. “I feel like that is the case now and we are where we should be.”

It was the eighth time this season a track record was set at qualifying.

Truck Series

Kyle Busch climbed out of his truck, bowed to the crowd, and sprayed beverages at his crew.

Busch has the familiar victory celebration down pat — a perfect end to what has been a perfect season.

Busch made it 4-for-4 in the Truck Series, dominating again to win at Dover International Speedway. He was again the class of the field on Friday and now has a checkered flag at Dover to go along with ones from Daytona, Kansas and Charlotte.

“I don’t know that there’s anything I can say that I’m doing that’s allowing us to win those races,” Busch said. “Just unload and expect to win races.”

Cruising in the No. 51 Toyota, Busch led 150 of 200 laps on the mile track. Busch won from the pole for the third time, his lone blemish a seventh-place start at the season-opener at Daytona.

“I’ve enjoyed being able to run up front and lead laps,” Busch said.

Busch won his fifth straight Truck Series race overall, taking the 2013 season finale at Homestead. He has 39 series victories.

“We’re just trying to work on our stuff and make it faster,” he said. “All that work is paying off this year.”

Busch does not a run a full season, but has won every race he entered. He can make it a tripleheader sweep with a win in today’s Nationwide race and Sunday’s Cup race. Winning a Truck race was a nice start.

“They’re fun to drive, but they’re certainly a challenge to drive, especially here,” he said.