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Hamlin puts FedEx car on pole in FedEx backyard

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, August 23, 2013

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Hamlin puts FedEx car on pole near FedEx headquarters
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Funny how these things happen in NASCAR.  FedEx, headquartered in Memphis, Tenn, got to see their FedEx car win the pole in nearby Bristol, Tenn. 

Defending race winner Denny Hamlin surged to the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying with a lap of 128.969 mph at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Hamlin’s pole was his fourth of the year, first at the Tennessee track and 16th of his Sprint Cup career. He’ll start first, driving the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, in Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) on the 0.533-mile concrete track.

Kurt Busch will start second in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet after a lap of 128.770 mph. Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth completed the top five.

Kyle Busch, seeking a sweep of Bristol’s three national series events this weekend, led final practice but posted the slowest qualifying speed after an adventurous attempt. He washed up the track in Turns 3 and 4 on his first qualifying lap but stopped before crossing the start-finish line.

Busch drove the opposite direction and made a U-turn in order to get a running start for his second lap. But Busch crumpled the right-rear corner of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota as he spun out of Turn 2.

Series leader Jimmie Johnson, who holds a 41-point advantage over Clint Bowyer, did the same maneuver as Busch, but with better results. He turned around during his warm-up lap and regrouped to qualify 13th. Kasey Kahne, the most recent Bristol winner in March and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, qualified seventh.

Mark Martin, making his first fill-in start for the injured Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, qualified 11th. Ryan Truex, making his Sprint Cup debut in the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevy, will start 18th.

Mike Bliss was the only driver who failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

Lineup

Pos Driver # Make Sponsor Speed Time Behind
1 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Ground 128.969 14.878 Leader
2 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row / Sealy 128.770 14.901 --0.023
3 Carl Edwards 99 Ford Fastenal 128.692 14.910 --0.032
4 Brian Vickers 55 Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 128.684 14.911 --0.033
5 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Dollar General 128.580 14.923 --0.045
6 Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 128.520 14.930 --0.052
7 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 128.348 14.950 --0.072
8 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Quicken Loans 128.236 14.963 --0.085
9 Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 128.159 14.972 --0.094
10 Aric Almirola 43 Ford RainEater Wiper Blades 128.134 14.975 --0.097
11 Mark Martin 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 127.852 15.008 --0.130
12 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 127.741 15.021 --0.143
13 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe's Dover White 127.665 15.030 --0.152
14 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Stanley 127.622 15.035 --0.157
15 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Jimmy John's 127.588 15.039 --0.161
16 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 127.546 15.044 --0.166
17 David Ragan 34 Ford Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts 127.529 15.046 --0.168
18 Ryan Truex 51 Chevrolet Seawatch 127.393 15.062 --0.184
19 Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew 127.048 15.103 --0.225
20 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet McDonald's 126.813 15.131 --0.253
21 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Schrock 126.787 15.134 --0.256
22 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 126.587 15.158 --0.280
23 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Bush's Beans 126.578 15.159 --0.281
24 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5-Hour Energy 126.495 15.169 --0.291
25 David Gilliland 38 Ford Dockside Logistics 126.470 15.172 --0.294
26 Michael McDowell 98 Ford Victory Junction 126.362 15.185 --0.307
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Nationwide Insurance 126.278 15.195 --0.317
28 Josh Wise 35 Ford Carson-Newman University 126.245 15.199 --0.321
29 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M/Bondo 126.195 15.205 --0.327
30 Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO 125.798 15.253 --0.375
31 David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 125.757 15.258 --0.380
32 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Axalta Coating Systems 125.749 15.259 --0.381
33 Landon Cassill 40 Chevrolet Moon Shine Attitude Attire 125.338 15.309 --0.431
34 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet United Mining Equipment 125.036 15.346 --0.468
35 Ken Schrader 32 Ford Federated Auto Parts 125.011 15.349 --0.471
36 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet TBA 124.995 15.351 --0.473
37 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota Greer Roofing 124.922 15.360 --0.482
38 David Stremme 30 Toyota Swan Energy/Lean 1 124.678 15.390 --0.512
39 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 124.517 15.410 --0.532
40 Tony Raines 33 Chevrolet Little JoesAutos.com 124.162 15.454 --0.576
41 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Caterpillar 124.090 15.463 --0.585
42 Scott Speed 95 Ford Leavine Family Racing 123.570 15.528 --0.650
43 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota Doublemint 58.688 32.695 --17.817

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