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Denny Hamlin delivers Pocono 400 pole

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Saturday 7th June, 2014 - 8:37am

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Hamlin will start pole at Pocono

Hamlin will start from pole at Pocono

Denny Hamlin will start from pole position for the Pocono 400 after setting a track record to beat Kurt Busch to the fastest time.

It is Hamlin’s second pole of the season, third at Pocono and 19th of his career.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has won four times at the 2.5 mile track known as the ‘Tricky Triangle’.

“We really just made the car a lot better,” said Hamlin.

“Each session, our balance got a little bit better and we were able to get a little bit more speed out of it.

“That’s what you want to do, you want to play it just enough in the first few rounds and then in the final round you go all-out. It’s good to have a good Friday.

“It’s good to get a track record and have that No. 1 pit stall, that’ll pay dividends on Sunday, and I have the best pit crew on pit road. So hopefully, this lends itself to a great win on Sunday.”

Brad Keselowski’s strong run in qualifying this year continued with the third fastest time and he will share the second row with Kevin Harvick.

Behind them will be Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch.

Jimmie Johnson, the defending race winner and the winner of the past two Sprint Cup races, did not advance to the final round of qualifying and will start 20th.

Among the notable drivers not to make it past the first round of qualifying were Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Australia’s Marcos Ambrose who will start from 29th.

“I knew early in the qualifying run we were tight,” said Ambrose.

“You can’t work on the chassis during the qualifying session so we had to do the best we could on a second run.  We were faster, but still tight.

“We will just now concentrate on our race trim and for Sunday’s race.  We will keep fighting.”

A red flag was displayed with nine minutes left in Round 1 of the three-round qualifying after Dave Blaney spun in Turn 1.

However Blaney is assured of a start in the race with 43 cars entered for the event.

Crews will get a further two practice sessions tomorrow before Sunday’s race.

VIDEO: Hamlin scores pole at Pocono

 

QUALIFYING: Pocono 400 – Pocono Raceway 

POS Car # Driver Make Sponsor MPH Best Time Behind
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 181.415 49.610 Leader
2 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 181.408 49.612 –0.002
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Redd’s 181.316 49.637 –0.027
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 180.832 49.770 –0.160
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 180.513 49.858 –0.248
6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M Peanut Butter 180.458 49.873 –0.263
7 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 179.827 50.048 –0.438
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 179.565 50.121 –0.511
9 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 179.548 50.126 –0.516
10 99 Carl Edwards Ford Kelloggs / Cheez-it 179.383 50.172 –0.562
11 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 179.326 50.188 –0.578
12 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet -Mobil 1/ Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 179.126 50.244 –0.634
13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 179.258 50.207 –0.597
14 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 179.229 50.215 –0.605
15 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet WIX Filters 179.072 50.259 –0.649
16 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 179.051 50.265 –0.655
17 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 178.976 50.286 –0.676
18 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Cushman/Cessna 178.919 50.302 –0.692
19 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota RK Motors Charlotte 178.777 50.342 –0.732
20 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 178.678 50.370 –0.760
21 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Clorox 178.288 50.480 –0.870
22 43 Aric Almirola Ford Nathan’s Famous 178.144 50.521 –0.911
23 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Moen / Menards 178.031 50.553 –0.943
24 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 177.288 50.765 –1.155
25 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 178.045 50.549 –0.939
26 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 177.968 50.571 –0.961
27 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 177.908 50.588 –0.978
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Zest 177.830 50.610 –1.000
29 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 177.162 50.801 –1.191
30 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 176.308 51.047 –1.437
31 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Newtown Building Supplies Inc. 176.025 51.129 –1.519
32 34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 175.922 51.159 –1.549
33 32 Travis Kvapil Ford CorvetteParts.net 175.867 51.175 –1.565
34 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 175.675 51.231 –1.621
35 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 175.613 51.249 –1.639
36 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Theme Park Connection 174.958 51.441 –1.831
37 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 174.747 51.503 –1.893
38 44 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet All City Leasing & Warehousing 173.970 51.733 –2.123
39 66 Timmy Hill Toyota Land Castle Title 173.260 51.945 –2.335
40 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Burger King Toyota Camry 172.808 52.081 –2.471
41 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Burger King Toyota Camry 172.453 52.188 –2.578
42 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet Dream Factory 169.693 53.037 –3.427
43 77 Dave Blaney Ford Amy R Fochler Veterans Law Attorney,LLC-www.valor4vets.com 0.000 0.000 -49.610

 

 

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