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Saturday 21st November, 2015 - 11:47am

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Denny Hamlin scored his third pole of the season

Denny Hamlin scored his third pole of the season

Denny Hamlin has claimed pole for the season-ending NASCAR race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, while team-mate Kyle Busch was the best qualifier in the Final 4 contenders for the championship.

“It’s kind of bittersweet, knowing that the Chase always seems to set up for me,” said Hamlin.

“I’d still like to win (the race), no doubt about it. Trust me, it’s a little bit more relaxing this time around, but I’d definitely trade my position with any one of those four guys.”

Busch pleased to be near the front and that it was his team-mate leading the way.

“Those are some good company to follow right there with the 11 (Hamlin) on the pole,” Busch said.

“He’s obviously one of the best here, and I’ve leaned on him a lot this week, and we’ll continue to do so here through practice tomorrow. But, so far so good. Just happy with the way we’ve got it right now, and hopefully we’ll get a good race car for tomorrow.”

Hamlin, who scored his third pole of the season, will share the front row with Joey Logano, while Kyle Busch will start directly behind in third. Also in the top 12 was championship contenders Jeff Gordon (fifth) and Martin Truex Jr. (11th).

Defending series champion Kevin Harvick missed the final round of qualifying by one position, and will start the race in 13th position. After topping the opening round and making two attempts in the second, Harvick missed the final round by 0.002 seconds.

With qualifying not only important for starting position; pit box selection will also be critical. Hamlin would normally select the final pit box, but could at least choose another stall, opening that for Lagano and allowing Busch to have the next best pit bay at the start of the lane.

VIDEO: Denny Hamlin talks about his pole

 

STARTING LINE-UP: Ford EcoBoost 400 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME GAP
1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground 176.655 30.568 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 176.263 30.636 –0.068
3 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy 176.062 30.671 –0.103
4 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar 175.347 30.796 –0.228
5 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta 175.291 30.806 –0.238
6 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 175.143 30.832 –0.264
7 19 Carl Edwards Arris 175.063 30.846 –0.278
8 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 175.046 30.849 –0.281
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide 174.678 30.914 –0.346
10 3 Austin Dillon Dow 174.633 30.922 –0.354
11 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Denver Mattress Chevrolet 174.498 30.946 –0.378
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s 174.098 31.017 –0.449
13 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser / Jimmy John’s 175.444 30.779 –0.211
14 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Foods 175.404 30.786 –0.218
15 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation 175.365 30.793 –0.225
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal Ford Fusion 175.279 30.808 –0.240
17 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards 175.239 30.815 –0.247
18 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips 175.239 30.815 –0.247
19 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 175.211 30.820 –0.252
20 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Scott Products 174.859 30.882 –0.314
21 16 Greg Biffle Bleacher Report Ford Fusion 174.419 30.960 –0.392
22 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s 174.340 30.974 –0.406
23 42 Kyle Larson Target Plaid 174.059 31.024 –0.456
24 15 Clint Bowyer 5 Hour Energy 172.651 31.277 –0.709
25 33 Ty Dillon Nexium 24H 174.848 30.884 –0.316
26 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 174.115 31.014 –0.446
27 13 Casey Mears No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 173.829 31.065 –0.497
28 9 Sam Hornish Jr Cheney Brothers 173.723 31.084 –0.516
29 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial 173.650 31.097 –0.529
30 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt 173.399 31.142 –0.574
31 26 J.J. Yeley Maxim 173.199 31.178 –0.610
32 32 Josh Wise Zak Products 172.833 31.244 –0.676
33 7 Alex Bowman Nikko RC / Toy State 172.750 31.259 –0.691
34 40 Landon Cassill Snap Fitness 172.618 31.283 –0.715
35 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy 172.463 31.311 –0.743
36 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 172.276 31.345 –0.777
37 83 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo 172.188 31.361 –0.793
38 55 David Ragan Aaron’s Online Dream Machine 171.914 31.411 –0.843
39 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 171.597 31.469 –0.901
40 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick 171.434 31.499 –0.931
41 38 David Gilliland Florida Lottery 171.162 31.549 –0.981
42 34 Brett Moffitt FR8 Auctions 170.989 31.581 –1.013
43 98 Ryan Preece East West Marine/Logan’s/FireAde 169.966 31.771 –1.203

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