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Earnhardt Qualifies 32nd at Bristol

By Tyler Overstreet, JR Motorsports | Article Published 3/15/2013
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 32nd Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS posted a qualifying time of 15.235 seconds (125.947 mph).

Kyle Busch blistered the .533-mile oval with a new track-record time of 14.813 seconds (129.535 mph). Earnhardt Jr.’s teammate Kasey Kahne posted the second-fastest time, followed by Denny Hamlin, Brian Vickers and Jamie McMurray in the top five.

“I like Bristol,” Earnhardt Jr. told reporters Friday morning. “It’s an exciting race track and it’s a lot of fun for the drivers. You’re always in the middle of something every lap. It keeps you on your toes and it’s a pretty tough race track. I enjoy the challenge and look forward to hopefully having a good weekend.”

Drivers and teams will be on track Saturday for practice sessions at 9 a.m. ET and 12 p.m. ET. Both sessions will be broadcast live on Speed.

Coverage of the Food City 500 begins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

Standings
After Ford EcoBoost 400
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 +3 Kevin Harvick 5043 0
2 +1 Ryan Newman 5042 -1
3 -2 Denny Hamlin 5037 -6
4 -2 Joey Logano 5028 -15
5 -- Brad Keselowski 2361 -2682
6 -- Jeff Gordon 2348 -2695
7 -- Matt Kenseth 2334 -2709
8 +2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2301 -2742
9 -- Carl Edwards 2288 -2755
10 -2 Kyle Busch 2285 -2758
11 +2 Jimmie Johnson 2274 -2769
12 +2 Kurt Busch 2263 -2780
Full Standings