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2014 Duck Commander 500 qualifying: Hamlin sixth, leads JGR

Kyle Busch (54) races Kevin Harvick Friday night at Texas
Kyle Busch (54) races Kevin Harvick Friday night at Texas
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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin qualified sixth for Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, while his JGR teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch will start in the back half of the field.

Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Office/March of Dimes Toyota Camry, qualified with a fast lap of 194.623 mph (27.746 seconds) in knock-out qualifying. Former JGR driver Tony Stewart grabbed the pole with a speed of 195.454 mph (27.628 seconds). Brad Keselowski starts on the outside of the front row.

Kenseth, in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, qualified 26th with a lap of 194.637 mph, while Busch qualified the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota in 29th with a lap of 194.539 mph (27.758 seconds).

The Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 goes green on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT.


Busch finished second in Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at TMS in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry. Chase Elliott picked up the first Nationwide Series win of his career to become the second-youngest driver to win in the series. Kenseth, in the No. 20 GameStop/Lego: The Hobbit Toyota, finished sixth, while Elliott Sadler finished 10th in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota.

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