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Truex takes pole for key Kansas race

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. had already locked up his spot in the next round of NASCAR's playoffs.

Now, he'll have the prime pit position for its first race.

Truex won the pole for this weekend's elimination race at Kansas Speedway on Friday night, and with that prize came the chance to have pit choice at Martinsville. The paper clip-like geometry of that track makes stall selection arguably the biggest advantage of any track all season.

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NASCAR Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 M.Truex Jr. 3120 6
2 B.Keselowski 3101 3
3 K.Larson 3096 4
4 K.Harvick 3089 1
5 D.Hamlin 3088 2
6 C.Elliott 3087 0
7 R.Blaney 3076 1
8 J.Johnson 3074 3
9 K.Busch 3067 4
10 M.Kenseth 3066 0
11 R.Stenhouse Jr. 3052 2
12 J.McMurray 3045 0
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