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Kyle Busch wins Bristol pole by .002 over brother Kurt

Kyle Busch wins Bristol pole by .002 over brother Kurt

The list of marquee drivers who struggled in qualifying included Denny Hamlin (25th), Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Larson qualified sixth on Friday and ran even faster laps early Saturday morning. Stewart-Haas Racing's Aric Almirola notched the third-fastest time (128.943 mph), while pole-sitter Kyle Busch (128.934 mph) and Kasey Kahne (128.830 mph) rounded out the top five.

Xfinity driver Brandon Jones was the fastest in practice in the Menards Toyota with a leading time of 15.495 and average speed of 123.833 miles per hour.

Aric Almirola was third (128.943 mph). "It's continually changing, so it works for drivers who can adapt well".

"It changes the aspect of the race track every time you get out there and get on it", Busch said. "I got greedy and drove in there too hard and it washed up just a smidge", Kurt Busch said. "Just a little bit, but we're doing alright here this weekend".

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Chase Elliott ticked off the second-fastest time at 127.073 miles per hour in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team of Austin Dillon served a 15-minute practice hold in this session for unapproved adjustments, while the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing team of Harrison Rhodes and the No. 66 Motorsports Business Management team of Chad Finchum served 15-minute holds for arriving late to qualifying inspection.

He was followed by four Fords, with Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.

Other notables included Darrell Wallace Jr.in the Richard Petty Racing No. 43 in 20th, Daytona 500 victor Austin Dillon (21st) and Denny Hamlin (25th).

"We've tried so many different things over the course of the years that I'm not so sure that you can fabricate racing into anything better than what exists", the 2015 NASCAR Cup champion said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. In all three cases, Kyle started first and Kurt second.

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