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Martin Truex Jr. wins pole at Kentucky Speedway

In this July 7, 2018 file photo, Martin Truex Jr. greets fans before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Terry Renna / Associated Press)
In this July 7, 2018 file photo, Martin Truex Jr. greets fans before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Terry Renna / Associated Press)

SPARTA, Ky. – Defending champion Martin Truex Jr. has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

Truex clocked 188.890 mph to earn his first Kentucky pole and 19th of his career on Friday. He led 152 of 274 laps on his way to winning this race last July.

Truex’s No. 78 Toyota led a front-row sweep of Camrys for the 400-mile race Saturday night. Erik Jones, who earned his first career Cup win last week at Daytona, will start second after turning a lap of 188.739 mph in the No. 20 Toyota.

Kevin Harvick (188.547) and three-time Kentucky winner Brad Keselowski (188.390) were next in Ford Fusions. Points leader Kyle Busch, a two-time Kentucky champion, rounded out the top five by clocking 188.206 mph in the No. 18 Toyota.


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