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Bowyer tops final practice in Phoenix

November 09, 2013, Staff report,

Gordon right behind in second; Kenseth comes in ahead of Johnson

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AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Michael Waltrip Racing's Clint Bowyer ended Saturday's final practice atop the scoreboard as Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers were first through 10th in the 55-minute session.

Bowyer's lap of 134.862 mph, recorded after just three laps on the 1-mile track, edged Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon's best effort of 134.842.

Kurt Busch (Furniture Row Racing), fastest in the day's morning session, was third while Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth completed the top five.

Busch and Gordon were the only drivers who finished in the top five in both of Saturday's sessions.

Kenseth trails Jimmie Johnson by seven points in the battle for this year's championship. Johnson was 10th fastest when the session came to a close.

Sixth through ninth in the final session were Joey Logano (Penske Racing), Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing), Kevin Harvick (Richard Childress Racing) and Carl Edwards (Roush Fenway Racing).

Harvick had the best 10-lap average.

Harvick, Johnson, Earnhardt Jr., Kenseth and Edwards all finished in the top 10 in Saturday's first session, as well.

Johnson will start on the pole for Sunday's AdvoCare 500 (3 p.m. ET) while Kenseth will line up 14th in the 43-car field.


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