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Kenseth wins pole for Sprint Cup Series finale; points leader Johnson to start 7th

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

HOMESTEAD, FL - Matt Kenseth gained ground in his battle with Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup Series championship by winning the pole for Sunday's season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Kenseth, who is attempting to win his second title in NASCAR's premier series, turned a lap at 177.667 mph during qualifying yesterday for his third pole of the season and the 11th of his career. Johnson will start seventh in his attempt to claim a sixth Sprint Cup championship.  He enters the race with a comfortable 28-point lead over Kenseth and a 34-point advantage over Kevin Harvick, who will roll off from the sixth spot. Kurt Busch qualified second, followed by Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, who clinched his first Sprint Cup championship one year ago at Homestead, and Denny Hamlin.

Last night in the Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200, Kyle Busch won the race, while Matt Crafton clinched the series championship just by starting the race. This afternoon, it’s the Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300; Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr. are separated by 8 points at the top of the standings.