Hamlin Grabs Second-Straight Cup Pole

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Denny Hamlin grabbed his second-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole Friday at Dover (Del.) Int'l Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)
Denny Hamlin grabbed his second-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole Friday at Dover (Del.) Int’l Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

DOVER, Del. – Denny Hamlin is doing everything in his power to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Hamlin grabbed his second-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole Friday at Dover Int’l Speedway for the FedEx 400, his second-career pole at the one-mile concrete oval.

Hamlin’s 22.788-second lap at 157.978 mph was enough to give him the pole over Martin Truex Jr. Truex’s timed in at 22.814 seconds at 157.798 mph.

“I really didn’t think we had the draw nor the speed to do it,” said Hamlin, who is currently 53 points outside of the top 20 in points after missing four races because of a back injury. “This is two in a row at this race track. This is my worst race track, so this is a step in the right direction.”

Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth qualified third and fourth, with Ryan Newman filling the top five.

Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Jamie McMurray completed the top 10.

With only 43 drivers at the track, no one failed to qualify.