Denny Hamlin On Pole For Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks At Dover International Speedway

Denny Hamlin On Pole For Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks At Dover International Speedway

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DOVER, Del. – Denny Hamlin  in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 FedEx Cares Toyota Camry captured the pole on Friday afternoon for Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway after running a lap of 22.483 seconds at 160.121 mph.

The pole run marks Hamlin’s 21st of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. He now has three poles at the speedway, but this is only his first of the 2015 season. Before running the fastest lap in the third and final round of Coors Light Pole Qualifying, Hamlin was fifth in Round 1 and first in Round 2.

“Obviously our car has shown speed all day long, which is something we haven’t had lately, so we’re kind of building and getting a little bit better and starting to figure out our setups,” Hamlin said. “We’re getting better and obviously this kind of shows it. Looks like all of our cars were in the top-10, so pretty optimistic. I felt like a lot of the speed came from the tire test that we had here, we were able to try some new things. Obviously I feel like we have gotten our cars better and really the setups we have developed have been quite a bit different.”

Martin Truex Jr. will start alongside of Hamlin on Sunday afternoon after posting his seventh top-10 start of the season. Truex Jr. was third in Round 1 and second in Round 2. He now has nine top-10 starts at the speedway.

“Yeah, we were close,” Truex Jr. said. “For whatever reason, we thought we were in good shape, and then right there, I went to go for it and for some reason the car just got really tight laying it down in the corners. So, we missed it by a little bit, but I’m obviously proud of the continued effort by all the guys on the Furniture Row team. We have an awesome race car.”

Starting third on Sunday will be Kyle Larson who has seven top-10 starts this season and three at the Monster Mile. Larson was second in Round 1 and fifth in Round 2.

“I think we learned some things throughout mock qualifying trim that will help our car for race trim,” Larson said. “So, we’ll work on it some for tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll have a good race Sunday. We need to start getting some solid finishes. Some top 10’s would be nice. We haven’t had many of them yet this year, so we’ve got to work hard to get back on track with how we ran at the end of last year and try to work our way back up in the points.”

Matt Kenseth will start fourth, and Joey Logano will round out the top-five. Rounding out the top-10 is Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Charlotte Motor Speedway winner Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Busch.

Defending race winner, Jimmie Johnson is mired all the way back in the 14th position. Johnson was fastest in opening practice on Friday afternoon.

“I think, in a sense, we didn’t make the changes we needed to, or thought we needed to change because the car had so much speed in that first practice session,” Johnson said. “But it’s a totally different race track from then. We tried to plan ahead and made some small changes, but it wasn’t enough. It (the track) is so black and so little grip compared to what we had this morning. So, we’ll get smarter. We’ll learn.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks will broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon.

FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Starting Lineup:

1.) #11 Denny Hamlin

2.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.

3.) #42 Kyle Larson

4.) #20 Matt Kenseth

5.) #22 Joey Logano

6.) #4 Kevin Harvick

7.) #16 Greg Biffle

8.) #19 Carl Edwards

9.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

10.) #18 Kyle Busch

11.) #1 Jaime McMurray

12.) #3 Austin Dillon

13.) #41 Kurt Busch

14.) #48 Jimmie Johnson

15.) #55 David Ragan

16.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

17.) #31 Ryan Newman

18.) #27 Paul Menard

19.) #2 Brad Keselowski

20.) #15 Clint Bowyer

21.) #13 Casey Mears

22.) #24 Jeff Gordon

23.) #43 Aric Almirola

24.) #51 Justin Allgaier

25.) #5 Kasey Mears

26.) #14 Tony Stewart

27.) #33 Brian Scott

28.) #9 Sam Hornish Jr.

29.) #47 AJ Allmendinger

30.) #7 Alex Bowman

31.) #6 Trevor Bayne

32.) #38 David Gilliland

33.) #10 Danica Patrick

34.) #46 Michael Annett

35.) #26 Jeb Burton

36.) #83 Matt DiBenedetto

37.) #35 Cole Whitt

38.) #34 Brett Moffitt

39.) #98 Josh Wise

40.) #23 JJ Yeley

41.) #62 Brendan Gaughan

42.) #32 Mike Bliss

43.) #40 Landon Cassill

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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