Denny Hamlin’s win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon last weekend may have been his fifth trip to victory lane in 2012, the most of any NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor this year, but the driver, apparently, thought there was still room for improvement.
“We’ve been working hard on getting our cars better,” Hamlin said on Saturday after claiming the pole for Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway with a fast lap time of 22.599 seconds. “This is a good offensive statement.”
Toyota also made a statement, as a manufacturer, during the qualifying session. Toyota teams Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing each put two drivers in the top-five in qualifying to give Toyota four of the top-five spots on the starting grid for Sunday’s race. JGR driver Hamlin was joined in the top-five by his teammate Kyle Busch in fifth.
Had he had a better first lap during his qualifying run, Busch thought he would’ve been the Joe Gibbs Racing driver celebrating a pole run.