Hamlin grabs back-to-back poles

Denny Hamlin will once again start from pole

Denny Hamlin will once again start from pole

For the second-straight week Denny Hamlin has scored a NASCAR pole setting the fastest time ahead of the Sunday’s FedEx 400 .

Despite a back fracture earlier this year, Hamlin has showed he has not lost his turn of speed despite being sidelined for five weeks through March and April. It’s his third pole of the year and 15th of his career.

Hamlin claimed the Coors Light Pole Award with a lap at 254.241 km/h (22.788 seconds) at the ‘Monster Mile’ concrete track. Being 19th of the 43 drivers that took part in qualifying he thought his time was good, but not that good.

“I thought that all the strong cars were later in the field,” said Hamlin.

“Especially the last two (Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch) were very strong. When I ran the lap, I wasn’t in love with it. Fundamentally, I didn’t do that great of a job, but I knew the track conditions were really bad.

“We were sixth in practice, and we were only a tenth (of a second) off of what we ran in practice (in cooler conditions). In the back of my mind, I’m preparing for the worst, hoping for the best.”

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led a Toyota sweep with Martin Truex Jr. second, followed by Busch, Matt Kenseth with Ryan Newman the first Chevrolet runner.

Kenseth, a three-time winner in the series year and Hamlin’s teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, joked that the driver of the No. 11 Toyota was making things tough on his fellow drivers since his return.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose, who is he wins will donate US$1 million as part of ‘Racing for a Miracle’ has some work to do starting 30th.

“We have a lot to race for this weekend,” said Ambrose.

“We want to win and donate one million dollars to the Ace Hardware Foundation so they can help the Children’s Miracle Network. We may have some work to do, but we’re focused on making that happen on Sunday.”

QUALIFYING: FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks – Dover International Speedway

POS 

Driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Time

1

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Freight / Autism Speaks 157.978 22.788

2

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 157.798 +0.026

3

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota M&M’s 157.756 +0.032

4

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Dollar General 157.736 +0.035

5

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Haas Automation 157.715 +0.038

6

Mark Martin 55 Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 157.604 +0.054

7

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 157.549 +0.062

8

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 157.480 +0.072

9

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 157.460 +0.075

10

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet Parade Media Group 157.405 +0.083

11

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 157.350 +0.091

12

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard 157.240 +0.107

13

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row / Sealy 157.054 +0.134

14

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Energizer 156.713 +0.184

15

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5-Hour Energy 156.556 +0.207

16

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Libman 156.175 +0.263

17

Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO 156.169 +0.264

18

Carl Edwards 99 Ford Subway 156.054 +0.281

19

Greg Biffle 16 Ford Rite Aid / Ace 155.952 +0.296

20

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet AARP Credit Cards from Chase 155.696 +0.334

21

Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet Bicycle NASCAR Playing Cards 155.440 +0.372

22

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet Code 3 Associates / Mobil 1 155.407 +0.377

23

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Best Buy 155.239 +0.402

24

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s / Monsters University 155.206 +0.407

25

Austin Dillon 51 Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 155.146 +0.416

26

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Scott Products 155.086 +0.425

27

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 155.059 +0.429

28

David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver’s 154.972 +0.442

29

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Cheerios 154.679 +0.486

30

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford DeWalt / ACE / CMN 154.619 +0.495

31

Michael McDowell 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing 154.573 +0.502

32

Mike Bliss 19 Chevrolet Plinker Tactical 154.500 +0.513

33

Aric Almirola 43 Ford Smithfield 154.480 +0.516

34

David Stremme 30 Toyota Widow Wax 154.295 +0.544

35

David Ragan 34 Ford TBA 153.984 +0.591

36

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota Royal Teak 153.636 +0.644

37

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Sany 153.557 +0.656

38

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 153.492 +0.666

39

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 153.381 +0.683

40

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet DOHS Click it or Ticket 152.892 +0.758

41

Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport 152.355 +0.841

42

Timmy Hill 32 Ford OXY Water 150.912 +1.067

43

Scott Riggs 44 Ford No Label Watches 150.710 +1.099

 

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