The Food City 500 2014 Results: Race Order, Final Times and Twitter Reaction

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The Food City 500 2014 Results: Race Order, Final Times and Twitter Reaction
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For the second time in a row, Denny Hamlin set the pace at Bristol Motor Speedway.

At last year's Irwin Night Tools Race on Aug. 24, Hamlin earned the pole with a time of 14.878 seconds. On Friday, he did one better, not only earning the pole for the Food City 500, but also setting a record in the process, per USA Today's Nate Ryan:

Hamlin's time of 14.761 was a mere 0.003 seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski, who will have to settle for starting in the second position.

Here's a look at the full race order for Sunday:

Food City 500 Starting Order
Pos. Driver Behind
1 Denny Hamlin Leader
2 Brad Keselowski -0.003
3 Matt Kenseth -0.105
4 Joey Logano -0.133
5 Marcos Ambrose -0.145
6 Jeff Gordon -0.201
7 Kyle Busch -0.211
8 Greg Biffle -0.236
9 Ryan Newman -0.253
10 Kasey Kahne -0.266
11 Jimmie Johnson -0.302
12 Carl Edwards -0.339
13 Kurt Busch -0.192
14 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -0.198
15 Clint Bowyer -0.201
16 David Gilliland -0.202
17 Jamie McMurray -0.210
18 Cole Whitt -0.238
19 David Ragan -0.241
20 Kyle Larson -0.254
21 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -0.267
22 AJ Allmendinger -0.271
23 Aric Almirola -0.276
24 Michael McDowell -0.276
25 Casey Mears -0.277
26 Austin Dillon -0.285
27 Kevin Harvick -0.295
28 Paul Menard -0.296
29 Martin Truex Jr. -0.306
30 Justin Allgaier -0.307
31 Landon Cassill -0.326
32 Josh Wise -0.327
33 Alex Bowman -0.328
34 Michael Annett -0.360
35 Reed Sorenson -0.390
36 Danica Patrick -0.392
37 Tony Stewart -0.402
38 Brian Vickers -0.414
39 Travis Kvapil -0.431
40 Ryan Truex -0.545
41 Parker Kligerman -0.656
42 Joe Nemechek -0.898
43 Timmy Hill -0.956

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For those who haven't seen the group qualifying format, Bristol Motor Speedway posted a Vine of the action, and you'd be forgiven if you thought it was the actual race at first sight:

Team Penske's drivers have had a lot of success this season with the new style. Hamlin admitted how well the Penske cars were running on Friday, per Ryan:

I think their cars were just so fast, they were able to do what we did (Friday). They never had to make a second run in any session to advance to the next session. They always had the freshest tires, the coolest cars. They'd make the runs really early in every session.

Their cars have so much speed right now, they can do anything they want. When you have a car with speed, you have that confidence to go out there at any time you want.

Keselowski in particular seems to have really benefited from the new qualifying format, per Anita Goodan Soltis of WKVI Radio:

Fellow Penske driver Joey Logano earned a respective fourth-place finish, and he took to Twitter to thank both his sponsor and racing team:

It isn't all about Team Penske, of course.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. enters Bristol as the points leader after three races. Keselowski is only one point back, so it's important that Earnhardt manage a strong finish on Sunday if he wants to hold onto his lead.

For the second week in a row, Earnhardt will start a race in 14th position. Despite that somewhat lackluster showing, he remained upbeat on Twitter:

After finishing second in the Kobalt 400, Earnhardt's 14th isn't all that bad of a starting position. He may be a little upset, though, that he was so close to that 12th-place cutoff. With Bristol being such a short track, starting out even two places closer to the pole-sitter can make a big difference.

The compact nature of Bristol also leads to more than a few collisions. Danica Patrick was one of four drivers who wrecked in qualifying and needed their backup cars to finish on Friday, per Sporting News:

Patrick would finish in 36th, and as you'd expect, she was less than enthused with the performance, per Jeff Gluck of USA Today's Vine account:

The Food City 500 gets underway at 1 p.m. on Sunday, with coverage on Fox. It should be a fun race, especially with NASCAR encouraging a little more of the bumping that makes races on shorter tracks more exciting.

The steep banks at Bristol should also lead to quicker speeds than you normally see on a track that's a little over a half-mile long.

Fans can count on fast cars and big crashes on Sunday.

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