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Denny Hamlin grabs the pole at Bristol

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - 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.