Denny Hamlin has broken the two-race Team Penske streak of poles.
Hamlin will start first after setting a track speed record with a lap of 129.99 MPH in the second round of qualifying and will start first for Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol. Well, it's a race scheduled for Sunday, anyway. Significant chances of rain in the forecast mean a Sunday washout is a distinct possibility.
Penske drivers aren't far behind. Brad Keselowski, last week's Las Vegas winner who started second and had the pole at Phoenix will start second once again. Joey Logano, the Las Vegas pole-winner, will start fourth. In between them is Matt Kenseth, who won at Bristol in August and is Hamlin's teammate. He starts third.
While Team Penske has been atop of NASCAR's new qualifying format, the Stewart-Haas cars and namely Tony Stewart, struggled once again. Stewart wasn't even fast enough to qualify for the race via his qualifying speed and will have to take a provisional starting position. But Stewart hasn't excelled at Bristol lately to begin with. He's got just two top-10 finishes in his last 10 starts.
Kevin Harvick will start 27th and Kurt Busch is the highest SHR car. He'll be 13th. Danica Patrick was the last car to qualify on speed and she'll start 36th after crashing her primary car in practice earlier in the day.
David Reutimann, making an appearance in the Front Row Motorsports No. 35, and Dave Blaney missed the race.
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