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Fast practice time puts Kennedy in front of field

February 21, 2014, Staff report,

Qualifying rain out puts rookie in first position for Friday night's race

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Rain washed out qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday afternoon, placing 22-year-old rookie Ben Kennedy on the pole position for Friday night's season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.


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With qualifying a complete rainout, NASCAR officials set the starting lineup based on speeds in Wednesday's opening practice. Kennedy was the fastest, driving the No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet to a best lap of 192.806 mph. He was just ahead of four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr., driving another Turner Scott truck.
Ryan Blaney, last year's rookie of the year, will start third in the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford, just ahead of defending series champion Matt Crafton in the No. 88 ThorSport Toyota. Joey Coulter completes the top five.
The 250-miler opener is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1.
The qualifying session was to mark the series' debut of the new multi-vehicle, knockout-style format with three rounds and two eliminations to determine the starting lineup. Earlier in the day, the NASCAR Nationwide Series debuted the format, though rain shortened the session from three segments to one.


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