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Toyota has never won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but Denny Hamlin took a first step toward a breakthrough victory for the manufacturer with a decisive pole run on Saturday afternoon.
The 27th driver to make a qualifying run, Hamlin put down a lap no one could touch, touring the vaunted Brickyard in 49.244 seconds (182.763 mph) to collect his first Coors Light pole award at Indy, his second of the season and the 11th of his career.
Hamlin will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday's Crown Royal 400 in his No. 11 Toyota.
In his first competitive outing with new crew chief Chad Norris, Carl Edwards qualified second at 181.984 mph. Third was Joey Logano (181.756 mph), Hamlin's teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Aric Almirola (181.679 mph) will start fourth, followed by Greg Biffle (181.532 mph), as two Toyotas and three Fords comprised the top five, threatening to end Chevrolet's nine-year dominance at the 2.5-mile speedway.
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Denny Hamlin has won pole position for the Brickyard 400, turning a lap of 182.763 mph in Saturday's qualifying.
It's the 11th pole of Hamlin's career and his second this season. Hamlin also won the pole at California earlier this year.
Carl Edwards qualified second in his first race weekend with new crew chief Chad Norris, followed by Joey Logano, Aric Almirola and...
Denny Hamlin didn’t have the greatest first practice when he and his team came to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the annual NASCAR weekend at the track.
Because of that, the time that he went out to qualify was in the middle of the pack of 46 cars that came to Indianapolis to try and make the show. It wasn’t the best time to go out on track, but as it turned out, when you have...
Denny Hamlin blistered the field in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday for Sunday’s Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at The Brickyard Powered by Big Machine Records. His pole-winning lap time of 29.244 seconds was more than 0.2 seconds faster than the second fastest driver, Carl Edwards, who qualified second with a lap time...
Denny Hamlin won the pole for Sunday’s Crown Royal 400 from Indianapolis with a lap of 49,244 Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, and Greg Biffle round out the top five starting positions. Joe Nemecheck, Reed Sorenson and Michael McDowell did not qualify. The event will be live on ESPN at 1 PM
Denny Hamlin (#11 FedEx Toyota)
Carl Edwards (#99 Fastenal Ford)...
Brad Keselowski delivered a long-awaited stock car victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to legendary team owner Roger Penske, winning the inaugural Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, July 28.Penske Racing has earned a record 15 Indianapolis 500 victories, but this was the first NASCAR victory for the team on the 2.5-mile oval. Keselowski passed Penske teammate...