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Denny Hamlin has won the pole for the second straight year at Fontana, turning a lap of 187.451 mph in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Greg Biffle finished second and Brad Keselowski was third in Friday's qualifying session, but they'll start at the back after engine changes.
Hamlin earned his first pole of the season and the 13th of his career. He won three last year, and has won the pole three times at Auto Club Speedway.
Biffle was right behind at 187.217 mph in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Keselowski was third, beating Kyle Busch's 187.130 mph in fourth place.
But Biffle and Keselowski both had engine issues in practice.
Defending champion Tony Stewart qualified eighth.
BEST OF MAXIM
Denny Hamlin wins pole for Auto Club 400 after a tough weekend at Bristol…
Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
Denny Hamlin has been in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons lately, this past week it was for a feud that sparked with his former teammate Joey Logano. Fast forward to Friday, and Hamlin was finally doing something to draw attention off of drama.
In Coors Light Pole Qualifying for...
Denny Hamlin says he's ready for his feud with Joey Logano to be finished after the NASCAR drivers nearly got physical last week at Bristol.
Logano isn't quite so sure it's over, because he's still waiting for an apology.
The former teammates haven't spoken since their collisions on the track carried into a post-race confrontation in Tennessee. Hamlin won the...
Denny Hamlin will sit on the pole for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Driving the No. 11 car, Hamlin’s lap of 187.451 bested Greg Biffle who will start second. Auto Club Speedway is a 1.5 mile track which has hosted 23 Sprint Cup Series races dating back to 1997. STANDINGS: Sprint Cup Point Standings The pole is the first of the season for...
Can't we all just get along?
Denny Hamlin once called Joey Logano his teammate. After last Sunday's run-in at Bristol Motor Speedway between the two drivers, Hamlin dismissed Logano's indignation later that night on Twitter with a simple, "hush, little child."
However, Hamlin's tune softened slightly on Friday.
"As far as I'm concerned, there...
After last week’s melt down it figured that drivers Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin would race each other for the win at Auto Club Speedway.
The two drivers raced each other during the final laps but in turn three of the last lap got into each other allowing Kyle Busch to steal the win.
Logano finished sixth while Hamlin received a ambulance ride.
After the race Tony Stewart and...
With a qualifying lap of 38.410 seconds, 187.451 seconds, Denny Hamlin captured the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday afternoon’s Auto Club 400 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The pole is Hamlin’s 13th career and third at the 2.0 mile asphalt track.
Greg Bifle and Brad Keselowski round out the top three.
Unfortunately, the No. 16 blew an engine in practice and...
Clint Bowyer is relieved that there's a new rivalry in NASCARland - and he's not part of it.
When it comes to recent feuds, Bowyer's name has been mentioned repeatedly following his altercation with Jeff Gordon at Phoenix International Raceway last November.
But now the spotlight has moved.
While Bowyer reviewed the highlights of last week's events in the Sprint...
A frenetic final 20 laps in the Auto Club 400 concluded in a last-lap crash involving rivals Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano, a surprise winner in...
Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
By: Toby Christie - Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
What an incredible turn of events that unfolded in the closing laps at Auto Club Speedway — a track not normally known for exciting races, or finishes. That all changed after the 2013 Auto Club 400, as the fans will be talking about this race for a long time to come.
The latest chapter...
Through the four races of 2013, Clint Bowyer is fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) point standings, trailing leader Brad Keselowski by 38 points
Denny Hamlin (sixth) and Kyle Busch (10th) also rank in the top-10
Toyota drivers have led 41 percent (531 of 1,283) of race laps this season, more than any other manufacturer
Last year, Toyota drivers swept the top-three starting...
Denny Hamlin won the pole for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 from Fontana with a time of 38.410 seconds. Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Matt Kenseth round out the top five starting positions. With only 43 entries for 43 spots, no drivers missed the field. The event will be live on FOX at 3 PM EST.
FedEx Express Toyota...
Overheating much, boys? Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin wreck for the
second straight week. But this time, Logano gets some licks in on
another veteran driver.