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That could bode well for guys who will start father back in the field.

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano rounded out the top five. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start sixth, followed by Kenseth, Paul Menard, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin.

Kyle Busch, who is 12 points back of Kenseth in third, will start 18th. Chase contenders Jeff Gordon (14th), Ryan Newman (17th) and Greg Biffle (26th) also struggled with qualifying.

“There’s certainly room for improvement,” said Gordon, who is tied with Harvick and 39 points behind Kenseth in the standings. “I’m just happy that we picked up from where we were in practice. For these conditions, that’s a good thing.”