Hamlin on pole for IRWIN Tools Night Race

Denny Hamlin celebrates the pole at Bristol

Denny Hamlin celebrates the pole at Bristol

Denny Hamlin has given his chances of scoring back-to-back victories in the IRWIN Tools Night Race no harm with pole position at the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway.

Hamlin’s pole was his fourth of the year, first at the Tennessee track and 16th of his Sprint Cup career. He will share the front row with Kurt Busch.

It was far tougher run for Busch’s brother Kyle who after abandoning his initial run in qualifying went through a rather unusual second attempt.

He washed up the track in Turns 3 and 4 on his first qualifying lap but stopped before crossing the start-finish line. Busch then drove the opposite direction and made a U-turn in order to get a running start for his second lap, but then spun and collected the wall. He will start off the back in the 500-lap race.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start 14th in front of a race that is expected to attract in excess of 150,000 people to ‘Thunder Valley’.

“That lap was a lot better than where we were in practice earlier today,” said Ambrose.

“Our Ford was a lot better in qualifying and we picked up some speed. It really helps to start this far in the front and we hope to have a good race tomorrow night.”

VIDEO: Kyle Busch’s qualifying attempt 


 

STARTING LINE-UP: IRWIN Tools Night Race – Bristol Motor Speedway

POS 

driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

Best Speed

Best Time

Behind

1

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Ground 128.969 14.878 Leader

2

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row / Sealy 128.770 14.901 –0.023

3

Carl Edwards 99 Ford Fastenal 128.692 14.910 –0.032

4

Brian Vickers 55 Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 128.684 14.911 –0.033

5

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Dollar General 128.580 14.923 –0.045

6

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 128.520 14.930 –0.052

7

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 128.348 14.950 –0.072

8

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Quicken Loans 128.236 14.963 –0.085

9

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 128.159 14.972 –0.094

10

Aric Almirola 43 Ford RainEater Wiper Blades 128.134 14.975 –0.097

11

Mark Martin 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 127.852 15.008 –0.130

12

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 127.741 15.021 –0.143

13

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s Dover White 127.665 15.030 –0.152

14

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Stanley 127.622 15.035 –0.157

15

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 127.588 15.039 –0.161

16

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 127.546 15.044 –0.166

17

David Ragan 34 Ford Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts 127.529 15.046 –0.168

18

Ryan Truex 51 Chevrolet Seawatch 127.393 15.062 –0.184

19

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew 127.048 15.103 –0.225

20

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet McDonald’s 126.813 15.131 –0.253

21

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Schrock 126.787 15.134 –0.256

22

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 126.587 15.158 –0.280

23

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Bush’s Beans 126.578 15.159 –0.281

24

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5-Hour Energy 126.495 15.169 –0.291

25

David Gilliland 38 Ford Dockside Logistics 126.470 15.172 –0.294

26

Michael McDowell 98 Ford Victory Junction 126.362 15.185 –0.307

27

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Nationwide Insurance 126.278 15.195 –0.317

28

Josh Wise 35 Ford Carson-Newman University 126.245 15.199 –0.321

29

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M/Bondo 126.195 15.205 –0.327

30

Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO 125.798 15.253 –0.375

31

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 125.757 15.258 –0.380

32

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Axalta Coating Systems 125.749 15.259 –0.381

33

Landon Cassill 40 Chevrolet Moon Shine Attitude Attire 125.338 15.309 –0.431

34

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet United Mining Equipment 125.036 15.346 –0.468

35

Ken Schrader 32 Ford Federated Auto Parts 125.011 15.349 –0.471

36

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet TBA 124.995 15.351 –0.473

37

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota Greer Roofing 124.922 15.360 –0.482

38

David Stremme 30 Toyota Swan Energy/Lean 1 124.678 15.390 –0.512

39

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 124.517 15.410 –0.532

40

Tony Raines 33 Chevrolet Little JoesAutos.com 124.162 15.454 –0.576

41

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Caterpillar 124.090 15.463 –0.585

42

Scott Speed 95 Ford Leavine Family Racing 123.570 15.528 –0.650

43

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota Doublemint 58.688 32.695 –17.817

 

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