Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 14, 2014

Hamlin grabs pole for Food City 500

Sets track qualifying record at Bristol

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer
Associated Press

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Denny Hamlin has set a track record at Bristol Motor Speedway with his pole-winning run Friday in knockout qualifying.

Hamlin turned a lap at 129.991 mph to earn the top starting spot for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday. He broke the mark of 129.535 set by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch a year ago.

Hamlin also snapped two weeks of dominance by Team Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. The teammates swept the front row at Phoenix and Las Vegas, where the new format was first used.

Both Penske drivers made one last effort to grab the pole from Hamlin, and Keselowski came up just short in second with a lap at 129.965.

Hamlin’s teammate, Matt Kenseth, qualified third and Logano wound up fourth.

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Food City 500 Lineup

By The Associated Press

After Friday qualifying; race Sunday

At Bristol Motor Speedway

Lap length: .533 miles

(Car number in parentheses)

1. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 129.991 mph.

2. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 129.965.

3. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 129.073.

4. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 128.83.

5. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 128.727.

6. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 128.245.

7. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 128.159.

8. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 127.946.

9. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 127.801.

10. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 127.69.

11. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 127.385.

12. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 127.073.

13. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 128.322.

14. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 128.271.

15. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 128.245.

16. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 128.236.

17. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 128.168.

18. (26) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 127.929.

19. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 127.903.

20. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 127.792.

21. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 127.682.

22. (47) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 127.648.

23. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 127.605.

24. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 127.605.

25. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 127.597.

26. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 127.529.

27. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 127.444.

28. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 127.436.

29. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 127.351.

30. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 127.343.

31. (40) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 127.182.

32. (98) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 127.174.

33. (23) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 127.165.

34. (7) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 126.896.

35. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 126.645.

36. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 126.628.

37. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

38. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, Owner Points.

39. (32) Travis Kvapil, Ford, Owner Points.

40. (83) Ryan Truex, Toyota, Owner Points.

41. (30) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, Owner Points.

42. (66) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, Owner Points.

43. (33) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

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Failed to Qualify

44. (35) David Reutimann, Ford, 126.62.

45. (77) Dave Blaney, Ford, 125.166.