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2014 Food City 500 qualifying: Hamlin breaks Penske string

Denny Hamlin earned his first pole of the 2014 season at Bristol
Denny Hamlin earned his first pole of the 2014 season at Bristol
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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin broke the Penske Racing pole qualifying string at two, earning his first pole of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway, site of Sunday’s Food City 500. Hamlin’s track record speed of 129.991 mph (14.761 seconds) bested Penske driver Brad Keselowski, who clocked in at 129.965 mph (14.764 seconds) for the outside pole.

Hamlin’s JGR teammate Matt Kenseth qualified third (129.073 mph/14.866 seconds), with Keselowski’s teammate Joey Logano qualifying fourth (128.830 mph/14.894 seconds).Marcos Ambrose and Jeff Gordon make up Row Three, followed by Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle in Row Four. Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards rounded out the top 12.

Busch and Biffle, along with Justin Allgaier (30th) and Danica Patrick (36th), will go to back-up cars after an accident early in practice on Friday. All four will start at the rear of the field.

The Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race goes green on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com.

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