Kyle Busch to have first pit stall in Homestead-Miami — not pole-winner Hamlin

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Kyle Busch will have the first pit stall for Sunday’s season-ending Monster Energy Series finale after the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 team for pole-winner Denny Hamlin selected a stall farther back on pit road.

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Busch’s JGR No. 18 team earned the second starting spot in Friday qualifying at Homestead-Miami Speedway and picked second in the pit-stall selection process Saturday morning. Busch is competing for a series championship in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). Hamlin’s team was eliminated from title contention in the first round of the 2018 playoffs.

Hamlin won the Busch Pole on Friday, edging Busch by .043 seconds. He’ll try for his third Homestead-Miami win from the fourth pit stall, which is strategically behind an opening in the pit wall for an easier egress. But the No. 1 stall is typically the most advantageous, with an unimpeded exit from the pit road.

This story will be updated.

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