Hamlin Lands Pole For Homestead Cup Series Race

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Denny Hamlin will start from the pole Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Toyota Racing photo)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Denny Hamlin will lead the field to green Sunday when the NASCAR Cup Series hits the track for the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Hamlin received the Busch Pole Award courtesy of the highest metric score among the 38 cars entered to compete.

Lap speed is weighted at 15 percent, previous race finish at 25 percent for the driver and owner results and owner points position at 35 percent to calculate the final metric score.

Hamlin earned the pole with a metric score of 2.15, factoring in his third-place finish at the Daytona Road Course, the second-fastest lap from the event and his top seeding in the point standings after two of 36 races this season.

Daytona Road Course runner-up Joey Logano will join Hamlin on the front row Sunday, followed by Christopher Bell, whose win this past Sunday was his first in the Cup Series.

Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch start fourth and fifth, respectively, followed by Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Preece, Martin Truex Jr. and Cole Custer.

Defending Cup Series champion Chase Elliott starts 11th, while Kyle Busch – a two-time winner at Homestead – rolls off from the outside of row 12 in 24th place.

To view the full starting lineup and metric performance breakdown, click here.

Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400 goes green at 3:30 p.m. ET, live on FOX, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.