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Reutimann to start first at Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)

David Reutimann picked a heck of a race to win his fourth career NASCAR Sprint Cup pole.

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Reutimann turned a lap at 127.383 mph Friday night, claiming the top starting spot in the race that will begin with more than a dozen drivers trying to secure one of the three spots still up for grabs in the 10-race playoffs that begin next weekend.

Jamie McMurray, another driver out of contention for those spots, will start on the outside of the front row.

Five-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson will start third, with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin to his outside. Martin is among the drivers who needs to win the race and have several other contenders falter to find their way into the Chase field.

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