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Edwards wins pole at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Carl Edwards looks tough to beat again at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Edwards won from the pole at the track in April and on Friday led Joe Gibbs Racing's 1-2-3 sweep of the top three spots in qualifying for tonight's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.

Edwards had a fast lap of 131.407 mph on the high-banked, concrete, 0.533-mile oval. He bested teammates Denny Hamlin (131.200 mph), who also will start in the front row, and third-place Kyle Busch (130.931).

Earnhardt's seat: Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s race team said on Twitter that four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon won't be able to drive the No. 88 car next week at Michigan. Earnhardt has missed four races and will sit out tonight's race at Bristol as he recovers from a concussion. The team said Alex Bowman, who drove the car last month at Loudon, would return if Earnhardt is not cleared to race.

Xfinity: Austin Dillon held the lead going into an overtime restart and held on to win the Food City 300 ay Bristol. Brad Keselowski had been leading during the final caution — brought out when he and Kyle Busch collided — but had to stop for fuel before the restart. Dillon, who earned his first series victory at Bristol, held off runnerup Justin Allgaier and Kyle Larson.

NHRA: Del Worsham earned the top spot through two rounds of Funny Car qualifying at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., with a run of 3.856 seconds at 326.71 mph. Tony Schumacher led in Top Fuel, Bo Butner in Pro Stock, and Angelle Sampey in Pro Stock Motorcycle. The rain-delayed Top Fuel and Funny Car finals from the Northwest Nationals will be run today.

Sprint Cup points

Through 22 of 36 races. The top 16 drivers, based on wins then points, will make the 10-race Chase for the Championship.

Driver Pts Back

Brad Keselowski**** 727—

Kevin Harvick* 718 9

Kurt Busch* 689 38

Kyle Busch**** 670 57

Carl Edwards** 653 74

Joey Logano* 652 75

Denny Hamlin** 620 107

Martin Truex* 612 115

Matt Kenseth** 600 127

Jimmie Johnson** 578 149

* Wins

Tonight

Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, 8, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway TV/radio: NBCSN; 102.5-FM

Chase at a glance

The 10-race Chase for the Championship starts Sept. 18 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Clinched spots (in order of seeding)

Four wins: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch

Two wins: Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson

Near certain (one win):

Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Martin Truex, Tony Stewart

Needs to crack top 30 in points (one win):

Chris Buescher (currently 31st)

Contenders

In as points stand: Ryan Newman (562 points), Chase Elliott (561), Austin Dillon (559), Jamie McMurray (550), Kyle Larson (520)

Outside looking in: Trevor Bayne (512), Kasey Kahne (509), Ryan Blaney (502), AJ Allmendinger (486), Ricky Stenhouse (475)

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