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Keselowski loses first pit stall, but keeps sense of humor

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 16: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, poses with his girlfriend Paige White and their daughter Scarlett after Keselowski qualified on the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 16, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 16: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, poses with his girlfriend Paige White and their daughter Scarlett after Keselowski qualified on the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 16, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Driver Brad Keselowski with his girlfriend, Paige White, and their daughter Scarlett after Keselowski won the pole for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

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When Brad Keselowski won the pole on Friday for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, all wasn't perfect in the Team Penske driver's world.

That's because Keselowski knew even before taking the pole that he and Tony Stewart would have last dibs on choosing a pit stall for Sunday's race, as a result of penalties that NASCAR levied against both drivers earlier in the week.

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So instead of getting first choice on a pit stall -- as the pole winner typically does -- Keselowski, along with Stewart, was forced to choose last.

At least Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion and one of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, was able to put a somewhat comical spin on the frustrating situation.

"I guess it's like getting a nice cheesecake with no toppings," Keselowski said after leading all qualifiers with a lap in excess of 195 miles per hour in qualifying.

"I still like cheesecake. We'll make the most of it."

After getting the last pick (along with Stewart), Keselowski was left with pit stall No. 11 -- a less-than-ideal spot that is sandwiched between the stalls of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle.

Keselowski, however, wasn't inclined to speculate on how being left with a bad stall would impact his day on Sunday.

"I don't know how it's going to affect (me)," Keselowski said. " ... Until the race is over and you've seen everything play out, it doesn't really matter."

At least Keselowski knows what kind of cheesecake he likes.

"Call me a traditionalist," he said, "but strawberry."