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NASCAR starting lineup at Bristol: Erik Jones on pole for Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Rookie Erik Jones captured his first career pole and will be joined by Kyle Larson on the front row at Bristol.

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Erik Jones

It took a minute before any of the cars left pit road for Friday's final round of qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Matt Kenseth was the first out and set the pace with the lap time of 15.042 seconds at the World's Fastest Half-Mile. But with under a minute remaining in the third and final round, rookie Erik Jones captured his first career pole with a time of 14.981 seconds and a top speed of 128.082 mph. 

"To do it at Bristol is pretty exciting," the 21-year-old Jones told NBC Sports. 

Kenseth will start fifth for Saturday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC). 

Kyle Larson will join Jones on the front row with Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott in Row 2. 

Popular drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick failed to advance to the second round of qualifying. 

Starting lineup for Saturday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

1. Erik Jones
2. Kyle Larson
3. Kasey Kahne
4. Chase Elliott
5. Matt Kenseth
6. Martin Truex Jr. 
7. Denny Hamlin
8. Joey Logano
9. Clint Bowyer
10. Ryan Blaney
11. Jamie McMurray
12. Daniel Suarez
13. Ryan Newman
14. RIcky Stenhouse Jr. 
15. Chris Buescher
16. Austin Dillon
17. Brad Keselowski
18. Kyle Busch
19. David Ragan 
20. Trevor Bayne
21. Jimmie Johnson
22. Ty Dillon
23. AJ Allmendinger
24. Danica Patrick
25. Kurt Busch
26. Michael McDowell
27. Paul Menard
28. Aric Almirola
29. Kevin Harvick 
30. JJ Yeley
31. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
32. Cole Whitt
33. Landon Cassill
34. Matt DiBenedetto
35. Corey LaJoie
36. BJ McLeod
37. Gray Gaulding
38. Jeffrey Earnhardt
39. Reed Sorenson
40. Joey Gase
41. Timmy Hill

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