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Denny Hamlin stays hot, wins Dover pole

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Saturday, September 29, 2012

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Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400
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Denny Hamlin turned a lap of 159.299 mph to win pole position for Sunday's AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. will start second and third. Points leader Jimmie Johnson starts 11th but do not count him out as he has been dominant at the Monster Mile.

Sam Hornish Jr. and Kyle Busch round out the top-5.

Sunday's race will begin about 2:15 p.m. ET.

Hamlin had expressed his disdain for the one-mile concrete oval. He has an average finish of 20.5 in 13 career starts at Dover, but on this day the NASCAR Timing & Scoring computers were kind to him.

With his trick Hendrick rear suspension now outlawed, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has resumed his position as backmarker.  On a weekend where Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs a good finish to get back into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship mix, the Hendrick Motorsports driver did not have a good start at Dover International Speedway.

Earnhardt will start 25th in Sunday's AAA 400 at a track where he had failed to finish in the top 10 eight consecutive races until a fourth last June. Seventh in the Cup standings and 26 points behind series leader Jimmie Johnson, Earnhardt can't afford to lose much ground as seven races remain after this weekend.

"We didn't have a good car in practice and we didn't find any good speed or find any good balance," Earnhardt said after his qualifying lap. "It's going to be a tough day, a tough race.

"We're just going to have to work hard and just see what happens. We'll just have to see what we can do. I don't know what to expect."

Earnhardt was 12th in the first practice Friday but 41st in the final practice later in the afternoon.

"We weren't very good in practice," he said. "We struggled all weekend. We just haven't had real good speed … We've had a lot of different problems."

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 159.299 22.599 Leader
2 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 159.264 22.604 -0.005
3 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 159.201 22.613 -0.014
4 22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 158.758 22.676 -0.077
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 158.667 22.689 -0.090
6 16 Greg Biffle Ford Scotch-Brite 158.541 22.707 -0.108
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 158.444 22.721 -0.122
8 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 158.297 22.742 -0.143
9 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 158.256 22.748 -0.149
10 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 158.151 22.763 -0.164
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 158.089 22.772 -0.173
12 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 157.992 22.786 -0.187
13 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 157.971 22.789 -0.190
14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 157.971 22.789 -0.190
15 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 157.950 22.792 -0.193
16 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford 157.819 22.811 -0.212
17 6 R. Stenhouse Jr. Ford Cargill 157.784 22.816 -0.217
18 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 157.653 22.835 -0.236
19 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / CertainTeed 157.604 22.842 -0.243
20 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 156.958 22.936 -0.337
21 43 Aric Almirola Ford Super 8 156.924 22.941 -0.342
22 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 156.829 22.955 -0.356
23 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 156.631 22.984 -0.385
24 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 156.597 22.989 -0.390
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 156.542 22.997 -0.398
26 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's 2000th Store / Bronx, NY 156.488 23.005 -0.406
27 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 156.298 23.033 -0.434
28 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 156.230 23.043 -0.444
29 191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Plinker Tactical 156.223 23.044 -0.445
30 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 156.182 23.050 -0.451
31 34 David Ragan Ford Long John Silver's 156.020 23.074 -0.475
32 98 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 155.885 23.094 -0.495
33 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 155.709 23.120 -0.521
34 195 Scott Speed Ford Jordan Truck Sales 155.440 23.160 -0.561
35 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 155.380 23.169 -0.570
36 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 155.253 23.188 -0.589
37 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 155.059 23.217 -0.618
38 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 155.025 23.222 -0.623
39 37 Dave Blaney Chevrolet MaxQworkforce.com 155.025 23.222 -0.623
40 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 154.759 23.262 -0.663
41 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 154.646 23.279 -0.680
42 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical 154.639 23.280 -0.681
43 36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Drive Sober, Drive Alive DE 154.553 23.293 -0.694
DNQ 249 Jason Leffler Toyota Robinson-Blak-eney Racing 154.467 23.306 -0.707
DNQ 32 T.J. Bell Ford Greensmoke 154.182 23.349 -0.750
DNQ 33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 153.741 23.416 -0.817
DNQ 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 153.689 23.424 -0.825
DNQ 179 Kelly Bires Ford Bestway Disposal 153.682 23.425 -0.826

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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