Keselowski will start finale from front of field

Associated Press Modified: November 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm •  Published: November 17, 2012
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Keselowski knows Johnson is messing with him and is a little envious of his position.

"I don't ignore it, but if we could change places, I bet he would in a heartbeat," Keselowski said.

Keselowski was faster than Johnson in practice Saturday. Keselowski turned the faster lap and edged Johnson with a better 10-lap average.

"I think we're a top-five car right now," Johnson said. "Winning? We'll work on that tonight and put some final touches on it. But I knew coming into this weekend I was going to have a big hill to climb with the (No. 2) car and the points lead that they have. They've done their part; they've been very competitive all weekend long.

"We'll just have to see how that race goes tomorrow."

At least one competitor believes Keselowski's No. 2 Dodge has a decided advantage over Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet.

"Those guys are executing really well, and from what I've seen so far this weekend, I just don't think the 48 has the speed to run with those guys anyway," Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin said. "So I think that they're going to have to rely on something catastrophic happening to the 2."

The championship contenders avoided both wrecks in practice.

Hamlin and Greg Biffle were running side by side, with Logano right behind them on the outside, when they made connect and started spinning. Logano got caught up in the mess.

"I was the innocent bystander once again and drove into it," Logano said. "It's unfortunate."


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