Posted 11/03/2012 at 04:57 PM
Brad Keselowski may have fallen from the points lead last week at Martinsville, but by no means is he throwing in the towel. During Saturday’s early practice session at Texas Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s AAA 500, Keselowski not only had the fastest lap of the session at 186.929 mph, but he also had the fastest 10-consecutive lap average.
Jimmie Johnson, who holds a slim two-point edge over Keselowski in the Chase and will start from the pole Sunday, had the second fastest time in Saturday’s early session. Johnson last won at Texas in 2007 and has a career average finish of 9.7.is a two-time winner at Texas, which is slightly better than anything Keselowski has done at Texas..
Keselowski has only had eight starts on the 1.5-mile high banked speedway, but his best finish has been 14th and he finished 36th in the most recent race held in April. His average finish at Texas 25.3, but on the positive note, he never had a car that was as fast as this one during practice.
The car Keselowski is using this week was brand new prior to the Chase and finished sixth at New Hampshire, the second race of the Chase. This will be it’s second run of it’s career.
Johnson didn’t run 10-consecutive laps, so we don’t know the entire story of what to expect out of him on long runs. But we do know the car he’s bringing has had some previous success on similar tracks. This will be the car’s sixth start of the season that includes a win in the All-Star race, and third-place finishes at Kansas in April and Charlotte three weeks ago. The success at Charlotte is a great sign for Johnson because of how similar the two sister tracks are...............This practice session is the one to take a look at of the two run on Saturday because the conditions will mirror what it will be on Sunday.