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Kenseth, Logano look to catch pole-sitter Edwards at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano hope their recent success at Bristol Motor Speedway helps them reach Victory Lane for the first time this season.

They will have prime starting spots Sunday after Kenseth qualified second and Logano third for the 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday on the 0.533-mile track.

Carl Edwards earned his second straight series pole with a lap of 127.997 mph in qualifying Friday for the Food City 500. Edwards, the winner at Bristol in March 2014, earned his third pole at the track.

But Logano and Kenseth have been even better than Edwards recently at Bristol. Both drivers have two wins over the past five races at the high-banked short oval. Another win could land Logano or Kenseth a spot in the Chase for the Championship, and both drivers believe a breakthrough is possible.

Kenseth posted a lap of 127.419 mph, followed by Logano at 127.191.

"It's been a good track for us, probably my best track," said Logano, who has won the past two August events at Bristol but struggled in the spring. "We've been really good in the fall races, but it seems like something happens every year in the spring race; hopefully, we can get through that. It's certainly not because we haven't been fast."

Kenseth has four wins, 13 top-five runs and 20 top 10s in 32 career starts at Bristol. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led 47 laps en route to victory here last April and 149 in his August 2013 win. His No. 20 Toyota Camry ran third and 13th in two other races with a combined 227 laps led.

"Bristol's been a good track," Kenseth said, "but when everything's clicking and we're at our best, I feel like we can be pretty competitive just about anywhere."

Kenseth, Logano look to catch pole-sitter Edwards at Bristol 04/15/16 [Last modified: Friday, April 15, 2016 9:57pm]
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