The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has made its way to the Monster Mile in Dover, and it will be Denny Hamlin who will try to tame the monster from the pole on Sunday.
Hamlin won the pole for Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway when he posted a lap of 157.978 mph in 22.788 seconds during Friday’s Cup qualifying session. Friday’s pole award is Hamlin’s second consecutive pole and his third pole of the year. The pole also gives Joe Gibbs Racing their seventh of the year.
Hamlin, who continues to work his way back up in the standings after missing several weeks due to his back injury from Fontana, hopes to continue a successful comeback at Dover in his quest for the Chase.
Joining Hamlin on the front row for the FedEx 400 will be Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch qualified in third followed by Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Jamie McMurray to close out the top 10.
Heading into the race at Dover, Jimmie Johnson is not only the Cup Series points leader but also as the defending spring race winner. Johnson also heads in as one of the drivers to have found success at Dover and has the best average finish of 8.6 compared to the rest of the field.
The race at Dover will also be a reunion for Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe as well as Logano and Todd Gordon as both Penske Racing drivers get their crew chiefs back following suspensions for actions at Texas earlier in the year.