Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin earned 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) in the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry bested Penske Racing 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) in the No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota, with Kyle Busch qualifying No. 18 Skittles Toyota seventh (128.159 mph/14.972 seconds). Busch, along with Greg Biffle (eighth), 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.
Busch starts the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry on the outside pole for Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Nationwide Series race at Bristol, following a lap of 124.307 mph (15.436 seconds). Kyle Larson won the pole with a speed of 124.476 mph (15.415 seconds).
Kenseth qualified third in the No. 20 GameStop/TitanFall Toyota (124.186 mph/15.451 seconds), while Elliott Sadler qualified the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota 18th (122.929 mph/15.609 seconds).
The Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Presented by Lilly Diabetes Nationwide Series race takes the green flag Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.
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