Hamlin earns Bristol pole

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BRISTOL, TN (TheSpread) – Denny Hamlin was fastest in qualifying on Friday and will now start up front for the Food City 500 on Sunday.

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According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Hamlin now has 8/1 odds to win. Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski are now the co-favorites to win, as each has 6/1 odds. The other short odds to win are Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth, who each have 7/1 odds.

Busch is 10th in the standings, 38 points out of first. He has just one top 10 in three races this year. Busch has been dominant at Bristol, winning five times with an average finish of 9.9. His driver rating at this track is 101.8, which is best of any driver. Busch will start seventh on Sunday.

Keselowski qualified second for Sunday’s race. Keselowski is second in the standings, one point out of first. He has one win and three top 5s in three races. Keselowski has won twice at this track and has an average finish of 14.4. His driver rating at this track is 94.9, which puts him fourth amongst current drivers.

Johnson is third in the standings, 16 points out of first. Johnson has one top 5 and no wins this year. Johnson has one win at Bristol with an average finish of 15.3. Johnson has a driver rating of 91.4 at the track, which ranks seventh in the series. Johnson will start 11th on Sunday.

Kenseth will be starting this race in third position on Sunday. He is sixth in the standings, 28 points out of first. Kenseth has two top 10s this year. Kenseth is a three-time winner at Bristol with an average finish of 12.5. His track rating here is 101.8, which ranks second to Busch.

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The Food City 500 will take place Sunday, March 16 at 1:13PM ET from Bristol Motor Speedway. For complete odds and track information on this year’s race, see below.

Odds to win the Food City 500 – 2014 Food City 500 – Bristol Motor Speedway – Sunday, March 16

Brad Keselowski 6/1

Kyle Busch 6/1

Jimmie Johnson 7/1

Matt Kenseth 7/1

Denny Hamlin 8/1

Kevin Harvick 10/1

Joey Logano 10/1

Kasey Kahne 10/1

Jeff Gordon 12/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 12/1

Ryan Newman 20/1

Kurt Busch 20/1

Clint Bowyer 20/1

Carl Edwards 20/1

Greg Biffle 25/1

Brian Vickers 40/1

Martin Truex Jr 50/1

Tony Stewart 50/1

Jamie McMurray 60/1

Ricky Stenhouse 75/1

Kyle Larson 75/1

Marcos Ambrose 100/1

Paul Menard 100/1

Austin Dillon 100/1

Aric Almirola 300/1

AJ Allmendinger 500/1

Casey Mears 500/1

Danica Patrick 500/1

Justin Allgaier 500/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 500/1

Qualifying Results

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.

Failed to Qualify

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

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

2014 Food City 500 Information

Race Date: Sunday, March 16

Location: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN

Pre-Race: Noon ET

Green Flag: 1:13PM ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Track Type: Short Track (500 laps)

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