Denny Hamlin Captures Pole For IRWIN Tools Night Race At Bristol Motor Speedway

Denny Hamlin Captures Pole For IRWIN Tools Night Race At Bristol Motor Speedway

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch will bring the field down to the green flag on Saturday night in the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway after sweeping the front two spots in Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Friday.

Hamlin’s pole winning run was a track qualifying record. He ran a lap of 14.602 seconds at 131.407 mph. The pole marks his third career at Bristol Motor Speedway. So far this season, Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry has earned two poles and 11 top-10 starts. Hamlin was fifth in Round 1 and 2 of qualifying, but he was able to find much more speed to take the pole in the third and final round.

“Our FedEx Ground Camry obviously was very fast that last round and Dave (Rogers, crew chief) made the great adjustments to it to pick up the speed and I think that hopefully we’ll have something that we can race with them tomorrow night,” said Denny Hamlin.

Starting second on Saturday night is Kyle Busch. The driver of the No.18 Skittles Toyota Camry has six top-10 starts at the speedway. Throughout the 2015 season, he has earned 10 top-10 starts. Busch was the fastest in Round 1 and second fastest in Round 2 of qualifying.

“We were just a little too free there the second segment and the first run of the third segment,” said Kyle Busch. “It’s a little edgy up there so you try not to push too hard, but still make a good lap and come back safely. Then there at the end we tried a ‘Hail Mary’ and it worked, it picked us up speed, but it didn’t pick us up that spot. Great effort for everyone on this Skittles Camry, these guys are doing a great job.”

For the second weekend in a row, Carl Edwards will start third. Edwards now has 13 top-10 starts at Bristol Motor Speedway. He has started within the top-10 in all but 10 races this season. Edwards finished out Round 1 of qualifying in the ninth position, and he improved to fourth in Round 2.

“Fast Toyotas today,” said Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 19 Stanley Toyota Camry. “Our car is very fast. I’m disappointed that we’re not on the pole as fast as the car was, but this is a good effort. The cars are just so fast – I’m excited to go racing. As long as we’re up front, we will be just fine.”

Michael Waltrip Racing’s David Ragan qualified fourth on Friday, followed by Team Penske’s Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski. Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top-10.

Coverage for the IRWIN Tools Night Race will broadcast live at 7:30 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) on Saturday night.

IRWIN Tools Night Race Starting Lineup:

1.) #11 Denny Hamlin

2.) #18 Kyle Busch

3.) #19 Carl Edwards

4.) #55 David Ragan

5.) #22 Joey Logano

6.) #2 Brad Keselowski

7.) #4 Kevin Harvick

8.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

9.) #15 Clint Bowyer

10.) #48 Jimmie Johnson

11.) #41 Kurt Busch

12.) #42 Kyle Larson

13.) #20 Matt Kenseth

14.) #51 Justin Allgaier

15.) #21 Ryan Blaney

16.) #3 Austin Dillon

17.) #16 Greg Biffle

18.) #31 Ryan Newman

19.) #5 Kyle Busch

20.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

21.) #1 Jamie McMurray

22.) #6 Trevor Bayne

23.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.

24.) #24 Jeff Gordon

25.) #47 AJ Allmendinger

26.) #9 Sam Hornish Jr.

27.) #34 Brett Moffitt

28.) #13 Casey Mears

29.) #27 Paul Menard

30.) #95 Michael McDowell

31.) #43 Aric Almirola

32.) #10 Danica Patrick

33.) #35 Cole Whitt

34.) #32 Josh Wise

35.) #46 Michael Annett

36.) #7 Alex Bowman

37.) #38 David Gilliland

38.) #23 JJ Yeley

39.) #40 Landon Cassill

40.) #14 Tony Stewart

41.) #98 Timmy Hill

42.) #83 Matt DiBenedetto

43.) #33 Mike Bliss

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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