Denny Hamlin Leads At Dover

Hamlin, above, earned his second straight pole this season. (Photo: examiner.com)

When the field takes the green flag this Sunday for the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover, the driver of the number 11 FedEx car, Virginia native Denny Hamlin, will be leading the way after qualifying on pole with a time of 22.788. This is the second straight week that Hamlin has qualified on pole. 

Just a few weeks removed from a broken back, Denny Hamlin has showed no signs of letting that affect him. This is just another instance where Hamlin has been able to overcome his now healing back to contend with the front runners. Hamlin finished 4th last weekend at the Coca-Cola 600 and finished the Southern 500 at Darlington in second just a week before that.

Points leader Jimmie Johnson will start the race from the 24th position and the second place points runner, Carl Edwards, will take the green flag in 18th. The racing should be close as the top five cars, Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Ryan Newman, were all separated by less than .04 of second when qualifying was said and done.

The field is set for this weekends Spring Cup Series race at the famed “Monster Mile” in Dover, Delaware. This year, expect Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth to be the front runners as both have had numerous success at the track. Martin Truex Jr. is no slouch at Dover as he picked up his first ever Sprint Cup Series victory here. As always, keep an eye on the 48 team of Jimmie Johnson as they always seem to find their way to the front by races end.

The starting lineup for the race is as follows…

1 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Freight / Autism Speaks 157.978 22.788
2 Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 157.798 22.814 -0.026
3 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota M&M’s 157.756 22.820 -0.032
4 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Dollar General 157.736 22.823 -0.035
5 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Haas Automation 157.715 22.826 -0.038
6 Mark Martin 55 Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 157.604 22.842 -0.054
7 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 157.549 22.850 -0.062
8 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 157.480 22.860 -0.072
9 Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 157.460 22.863 -0.075
10 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet Parade Media Group 157.405 22.871 -0.083
11 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 157.350 22.879 -0.091
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard 157.240 22.895 -0.107
13 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row / Sealy 157.054 22.922 -0.134
14 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Energizer 156.713 22.972 -0.184
15 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5-Hour Energy 156.556 22.995 -0.207
16 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Libman 156.175 23.051 -0.263
17 Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO 156.169 23.052 -0.264
18 Carl Edwards 99 Ford Subway 156.054 23.069 -0.281
19 Greg Biffle 16 Ford Rite Aid / Ace 155.952 23.084 -0.296
20 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet AARP Credit Cards from Chase 155.696 23.122 -0.334
21 Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet Bicycle NASCAR Playing Cards 155.440 23.160 -0.372
22 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet Code 3 Associates / Mobil 1 155.407 23.165 -0.377
23 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Best Buy 155.239 23.190 -0.402
24 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s / Monsters University 155.206 23.195 -0.407
25 Austin Dillon 51 Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 155.146 23.204 -0.416
26 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Scott Products 155.086 23.213 -0.425
27 David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 155.059 23.217 -0.429
28 David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver’s 154.972 23.230 -0.442
29 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Cheerios 154.679 23.274 -0.486
30 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford DeWalt / ACE / CMN 154.619 23.283 -0.495
31 Michael McDowell 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing 154.573 23.290 -0.502
32 Mike Bliss 19 Chevrolet Plinker Tactical 154.500 23.301 -0.513
33 Aric Almirola 43 Ford Smithfield 154.480 23.304 -0.516
34 David Stremme 30 Toyota Widow Wax 154.295 23.332 -0.544
35 David Ragan 34 Ford TBA 153.984 23.379 -0.591
36 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota Royal Teak 153.636 23.432 -0.644
37 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Sany 153.557 23.444 -0.656
38 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 153.492 23.454 -0.666
39 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 153.381 23.471 -0.683
40 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet DOHS Click it or Ticket 152.892 23.546 -0.758
41 Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport 152.355 23.629 -0.841
42 Timmy Hill 32 Ford OXY Water 150.912 23.855 -1.067
43 Scott Riggs 44 Ford No Label Watches 150.710 23.887 -1.099

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