Hamlin, Logano keep title contenders off front row

By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) – Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano crashed the championship by sweeping the front row in qualifying Friday for the NASCAR finale Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The championship will go to the highest finisher among the final four of defending series champion Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.

Busch posted the third-fastest lap, best among the Chase finalists.

Gordon was fifth in qualifying for the final race of his career. The four-time NASCAR champion is retiring at the end of the season.

Truex qualified 11th. Harvick failed to advance to the final round and will start 13th.

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