for your iPhone
for your iPad
NASCAR

NASCAR Links

Scanner Frequencies

Meet the Staff

2014 Schedule

Hamlin leads Toyota 1-2 in Martinsville qualifying

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, October 22, 2010

Advertisement

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin won the first round of his Martinsville Speedway showdown with Jimmie Johnson Friday afternoon.

Johnson and Hamlin are first and second in the Chase for Sprint Cup headed into the TUMS Fast Relief 500, but Hamlin put himself in a prime position to gain ground Friday by winning the pole for Sunday’s race. And while Hamlin nailed down the top starting position, Johnson qualified 19th.

Hamlin’s pole-winning time was 19.518 seconds (97.018 mph) around the .526-mile oval. Marcos Ambrose gave Toyota a sweep of the front row, claiming the outside pole with a time of 19.521 seconds.

It was Hamlin’s second Martinsville pole win and his 11th career NASCAR Sprint Cup pole.

“I feel like, if I can out-qualify the 48 (Johnson), I can potentially keep him from leading one lap,” Hamlin said after practice and before qualifying. “We spent all day working on qualifying trying to get the pole—trying to get that first pit stall, because, obviously, we do feel like it’s very important.

Johnson leads Hamlin by 41 points going into Sunday’s race, but will start the TUMS Fast Relief 500 in bit of a hole. In addition to starting well ahead of Johnson, Hamlin got to take his choice of pit stall. He picked the first one at the end of pit row, another definite advantage.

Greg Biffle (96.988 mph) will start third, followed by Ryan Newman (96.973 mph) and Juan Pablo Montoya (96.959 mph). Kevin Harvick, 77 points behind Johnson and the only driver other than Hamlin within 156 points of the Chase lead, will start 36th.

Despite his qualifying advantage, Hamlin gave a warning about Johnson’s and Harvick’s starting positions.

“When the green flag drops, they’re going to be coming,” Hamlin said.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 97.018 19.518 Leader
2 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Dollar General Country Million Sweepstakes 97.003 19.521 -0.003
3 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 96.988 19.524 -0.006
4 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Tornados 96.973 19.527 -0.009
5 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 96.959 19.530 -0.012
6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 96.889 19.544 -0.026
7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 96.835 19.555 -0.037
8 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 96.825 19.557 -0.039
9 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 96.696 19.583 -0.065
10 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 96.686 19.585 -0.067
11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard Families Appreciation / DuPont 96.666 19.589 -0.071
12 98 Paul Menard Ford Energizer / Menards 96.657 19.591 -0.073
13 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 96.622 19.598 -0.080
14 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 96.607 19.601 -0.083
15 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Insignia HDTV / Best Buy 96.583 19.606 -0.088
16 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 96.479 19.627 -0.109
17 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 96.460 19.631 -0.113
18 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 96.366 19.650 -0.132
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 96.352 19.653 -0.135
20 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 96.342 19.655 -0.137
21 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com / eBay Motors 96.244 19.675 -0.157
22 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 96.229 19.678 -0.160
23 09 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet C&J Energy 96.190 19.686 -0.168
24 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 96.166 19.691 -0.173
25 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 96.136 19.697 -0.179
26 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 96.132 19.698 -0.180
27 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 96.107 19.703 -0.185
28 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 96.024 19.720 -0.202
29 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Operation Home Front / Miller Lite 95.888 19.748 -0.230
30 164 Landon Cassill Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 95.888 19.748 -0.230
31 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley 95.859 19.754 -0.236
32 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal Black 95.767 19.773 -0.255
33 83 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 95.685 19.790 -0.272
34 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 95.675 19.792 -0.274
35 9 Aric Almirola Ford Budweiser 95.641 19.799 -0.281
36 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 95.521 19.824 -0.306
37 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com 95.208 19.889 -0.371
38 26 Ken Schrader Ford Air National Guard 95.098 19.912 -0.394
39 37 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 94.780 19.979 -0.461
40 34 Tony Raines+ Ford A&W All American Food 94.092 20.125 -0.607
41 7 Kevin Conway+* Toyota Extenze 93.868 20.173 -0.655
42 71 Hermie Sadler+ Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 93.770 20.194 -0.676
43 81 J.J. Yeley Dodge Whitney Motorsports 94.855 19.963 -0.445
Did Not Qualify
44 46 Michael McDowell Chevrolet Whitney's Collision Centers 94.472 20.044 -0.526
45 207 Robby Gordon Toyota Extenze 94.340 20.072 -0.554
46 55 Terry Cook* Toyota Prism Motorsports 94.125 20.118 -0.600
47 66 Johnny Sauter Toyota Prism Motorsports - - -

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article