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Denny Hamlin Stays on a Roll by Winning Dover Pole

May 31st, 2013 at 4:52 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team remained hot since he has returned from his back injury by winning the pole today at Dover International Speedway for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. It is his second consecutive pole and third of the 2013 season. He now has 15 career Sprint Cup Series poles.

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Hamlin will be joined on the front row by Martin Truex Jr and both of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates will be on row two with Kyle Busch in third and Matt Kenseth fourth.

Starting fifth will be Ryan Newman with Mark Martin in sixth. Kevin Harvick will start seventh, Brad Keselowski eighth, Joey Logano ninth, and Jamie McMurray tenth.

Hendrick Motorsports struggled with their qualifying setups on the hot Dover track. Kasey Kahne will start 11th, Dale Earnhardt Jr 12th, Jeff Gordon 20th, and Jimmie Johnson 24th. Johnson was the fastest car in Friday's only Cup Series practice.

All 43 cars entered this weekend made the race. Other notables in the starting lineup are Clint Bowyer in 15th, Carl Edwards 18th, Greg Biffle 19th, Tony Stewart 22nd, and Danica Patrick 39th. Landon Cassill and the No. 33 Circle Sport team had their best qualifying effort of 2013 with a 21st. Their previous best was 31st at Richmond.

On Saturday there will be two practice sessions at 10 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. on SPEED in preparation for Sunday's 400 miler that can be seen at 1 p.m. on FOX.

Tags: Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, landon cassill, Martin Truex Jr., matt kenseth, Motorsports, Sprint Cup Series

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