Denny Hamlin claims Brickyard pole

Sunday 29th July, 2012 - 8:11am


Denny Hamlin will start from pole at Indy

Denny Hamlin has stormed to pole position for the Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 27th driver to make a qualifying run, Hamlin put down a lap no one could touch, touring the vaunted Brickyard in 49.244 seconds to collect his first Coors Light pole award at Indy, his second of the season and the 11th of his career.

In his first competitive outing with new crew chief Chad Norris, Carl Edwards qualified second, with Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Joey Logano in third.

“I think, if you put me out front on the last run, no one’s going to get around me,” Hamlin said.

“So it’s all going to be about maintaining track position and maintaining the balance of your race car. I’ve been good here before and not been able to pass.

“There’s always been about two cars, in every single race here, that’s been capable of passing. Everyone else just kind of runs where they’re at. All you can do is hope that you’ve got a fast enough car to be one of those two, where, if you do get set back, you can be one of the cars that can get back to the front.

“One thing about it is having the No. 1 pit stall now. That’s going to be an advantage on pit road. I think it’s hard to point to the outfield right now, but we’ve got the bat halfway raised.”

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will have some work ahead of him starting from 23rd.

“That wasn’t the qualifying lap we were looking for,” said Ambrose.

“We caught a cloud for part of our run and our DEWALT Ford was really tight. We’ll work on the car during the race tomorrow and hopefully end up with a good finish at the end of the day.”


RACE LINEUP: Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard | Indianapolis Motor Speedway 







1 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 182.763 49.244
2 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 181.984 -0.211
3 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 181.756 -0.273
4 Aric Almirola Ford Eckrich 181.679 -0.294
5 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 181.532 -0.334
6 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 181.357 -0.382
7 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 181.046 -0.467
8 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Nibco 181.014 -0.476
9 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 180.952 -0.493
10 Matt Kenseth Ford Fifth Third Bank 180.654 -0.575
11 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 180.611 -0.587
12 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 180.516 -0.613
13 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 180.487 -0.621
14 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 180.473 -0.625
15 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 180.447 -0.632
16 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 180.437 -0.635
17 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 180.433 -0.636
18 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 180.390 -0.648
19 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 180.386 -0.649
20 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard 180.245 -0.688
21 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Rain-X 180.177 -0.707
22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 180.148 -0.715
23 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 180.072 -0.736
24 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 179.928 -0.776
25 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 179.519 -0.890
26 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 179.212 -0.976
27 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy Johns 178.894 -1.065
28 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 178.862 -1.074
29 Bobby Labonte Toyota Scott Products 178.816 -1.087
30 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 178.543 -1.164
31 David Gilliland Ford Big Machine Records 178.508 -1.174
32 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 178.486 -1.180
33 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 178.419 -1.199
34 Scott Speed Ford Leavine Family Racing 177.855 -1.359
35 Josh Wise* Chevrolet Taco Bell 177.743 -1.391
36 David Ragan Ford Scorpion Coatings / Al’s Liners 177.630 -1.423
37 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes 177.347 -1.504
38 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 177.340 -1.506
39 Mike Skinner Ford Koma Unwind 176.894 -1.634
40 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 176.859 -1.644
41 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 176.523 -1.741
42 Ken Schrader+ Ford Special Operations For 174.768 -2.253
43 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 176.180 -1.840
DNQ Reed Sorenson Ford Humphrey Smith Racing 175.610 -2.006
DNQ Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 175.142 -2.143
DNQ Michael McDowell Ford K-Love / Curb Records 177.901 -1.346

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie


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