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NASCAR fans head to Kentucky Speedway for Quaker State 400

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Fans, drivers and NASCAR officials headed to Sparta, Ky. this week to get ready for the upcoming Quaker State 400.

Saturday's race will only be the fourth time the Sprint Cup Series has been held at Kentucky Speedway and all three past winners are racing again this weekend.

Brad Keselowski, the driver who won the the Quaker State 400 in 2012, earned the top spot in the qualifying rounds Friday, putting him in the pole position for Saturday's race.

"I'm proud of that. I'm really happy. We've just got to make it count on race day," said Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Ford car. "Qualifying is great but at the end of the week, or the start of the next week on Monday, nobody talks about who qualified on the pole. They talk about who won the race. I want to be that guy. That's the most important thing."

Matt Kenseth won the race last year.

According to Kentucky Speedway officials, 23 drivers of the 42 who entered topped the qualifying mark of 183.636 mph.

Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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