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Denny Hamlin on pole in California

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Saturday 24th March, 2012 - 10:16am

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Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin will start from pole position for the Auto Club 400 at Fontana in California.

The driver of the #11 Toyota will share the front row with his Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Kyle Busch in the #18 Camry.

Championship leader Greg Biffle in the #16 Ford will start from the outside of the second row alongside veteran Mark Martin, giving Toyota three of the top four spots on the grid.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose has some work ahead of him qualifying the #9 Ford back in 29th, just one spot behind his team-mate Aric Almirola.

“We just had a bad day,” lamented Ambrose afterward.

“It’s disappointing. Off the truck I thought we were gonna be pretty good, but the track got away from us and we didn’t keep up with our adjustments.”

The race will be run Monday morning Australian time.

QUALIFYING: Auto Club 400 – Fontana

Pos

Car

Driver

Speed

Time

Series Points

1 11 Denny Hamlin 186.403 38.63 137
2 18 Kyle Busch 185.534 38.81 99
3 55 Mark Martin 185.534 38.81 97
4 16 Greg Biffle 185.510 38.81 157
5 5 Kasey Kahne 185.510 38.81 57
6 39 Ryan Newman 185.328 38.85 118
7 29 Kevin Harvick 185.199 38.88 148
8 20 Joey Logano 185.195 38.88 126
9 14 Tony Stewart 185.185 38.88 130
10 48 Jimmie Johnson 185.123 38.89 96
11 15 Clint Bowyer 185.052 38.91 126
12 99 Carl Edwards 185.000 38.92 107
13 56 Martin Truex Jr. 184.724 38.98 139
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 184.530 39.02 137
15 17 Matt Kenseth 184.322 39.06 145
16 1 Jamie McMurray 184.068 39.12 94
17 2 Brad Keselowski 184.044 39.12 113
18 10 David Reutimann 183.913 39.15 62
19 31 Jeff Burton 183.744 39.18 120
20 30 David Stremme 183.397 39.26 44
21 24 Jeff Gordon 183.379 39.26 85
22 78 Regan Smith 183.052 39.33 94
23 51 Kurt Busch 182.681 39.41 70
24 42 Juan Pablo Montoya 182.560 39.44 96
25 22 AJ Allmendinger 182.542 39.44 72
26 47 Bobby Labonte 182.445 39.46 92
27 27 Paul Menard 182.366 39.48 123
28 43 Aric Almirola 182.094 39.54 88
29 9 Marcos Ambrose 182.007 39.56 82
30 26 Josh Wise 181.087 39.76 11
31 83 Landon Cassill 180.850 39.81 54
32 98 Michael McDowell 180.610 39.86 34
33 13 Casey Mears 180.542 39.88 60
34 36 Dave Blaney 180.433 39.90 76
35 23 Scott Riggs 180.356 39.92 5
36 49 J.J. Yeley 180.297 39.93 33
37 33 Brendan Gaughan 179.609 40.09 49
38 34 David Ragan 179.466 40.12 66
39 19 Mike Bliss 179.296 40.16 0
40 93 Travis Kvapil 178.864 40.25 47
41 38 David Gilliland 178.602 40.31 66
42 32 Ken Schrader 178.333 40.37 25
43 74 Reed Sorenson 179.131 40.19 0
44 7 Robby Gordon 178.470 40.34 6
45 87 Joe Nemechek 178.443 40.35 0
46 37 Timmy Hill 177.936 40.46 2

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