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Getty Images for NASCAR (August 23, 2013)

Denny Hamlin has won the pole for Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Hamlin turned a lap at 128.969 mph around the 0.533-mile bullring in Friday qualifying to put his Toyota in the top starting spot at Bristol for the first time of his career.
It was good enough to hold off five-time Bristol winner Kurt Busch, who qualified second with a lap of 128.770. It's the seventh front-row starting spot of the season for Busch, who is suddenly a hot commodity on the free-agent market with an offer to join Stewart-Haas Racing next season.
Carl Edwards qualified third and was followed by Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth as Toyota drivers took three of the top five spots.

Clint Bowyer was not one of the Toyotas that had good runs on Friday. The Kansas Kid will have to try and get his first win of the season, starting from 24th.

"Those weren't the qualifying laps I was hoping," Said Bowyer. "We got loose early and lost a ton of speed and never really got it back.  We have our work cut out for us that's for sure.  Track position is a very big deal at Bristol.  We'll go huddle up and see what we can come up with.  I know we'll be ready for tomorrow."