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Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to start 1-2 in All-Star Race

Driver Matt Kenseth stands in the garage area before a practice run for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway Friday, May 11, 2018, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Matt Kenseth will start first alongside Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for Saturday night’s All-Star Race.

Kenseth and Stenhouse posted the fastest two times in the unique All-Star qualifying format. Drivers take three laps and make a pit stop on their second lap. There’s no pit road speed limit and time penalties are applied for pit road miscues. And the race is featuring a different rules package for the cars.

Kenseth is making just his second (unofficial) start of 2018 after Roush hired him to share the No. 6 car with Trevor Bayne. His season debut came a week ago at Kansas where he struggled and finished 36th after getting caught in a crash.

Here’s how the All-Star Race grid looks. The Open qualifying race for the All-Star Race saw its qualifying session rained out on Friday so that field will be set by points. Three drivers qualify from the Open via the race and one driver will qualify via the fan vote. The Open is at 7 p.m. ET and the All-Star Race will begin after 8 p.m. ET.

All-Star Race lineup

1. Matt Kenseth
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
3. Clint Bowyer
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Martin Truex Jr.
6. Ryan Blaney
7. Kyle Busch
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Austin Dillon
10. Joey Logano
11. Denny Hamlin
12. Jimmie Johnson
13. Jamie McMurray
14. Ryan Newman
15. Kasey Kahne
16. Kurt Busch
17. Kyle Larson

Open lineup

1. Aric Almirola
2. Erik Jones
3. Alex Bowman
4. Chase Elliott
5. Paul Menard
6. William Byron
7. Daniel Suarez
8. Darrell Wallace Jr.
9. AJ Allmendinger
10. David Ragan
11. Chris Buescher
12. Michael McDowell
13. Matt DiBenedetto
14. Ty Dillon
15. Corey LaJoie
16. Ross Chastain
17. Landon Cassill
18. Gray Gaulding
19. BJ McLeod
20. Reed Sorenson
21. Timmy Hill

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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