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Denny Hamlin has won the pole for Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Hamlin turned a lap at 128.969 mph around the 0.533-mile bullring in Friday qualifying to put his Toyota in the top starting spot at Bristol for the first time of his career.
It was good enough to hold off five-time Bristol winner Kurt Busch, who qualified second with a lap of 128.770. It's the seventh front-row starting spot of the season for Busch, who is suddenly a hot commodity on the free-agent market with an offer to join Stewart-Haas Racing next season.
Carl Edwards qualified third and was followed by Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth as Toyota drivers took three of the top five spots.
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Early in the season it was clear 2013 was not going to be Denny Hamlin's year.
A wreck at Fontana on March 24 sidelined the perennial NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup contender for four races but Hamlin, 32, fought valiantly to return to competition.
Still, chronic back pain continues to plague the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. After Hamlin won the pole Friday, it was as if the high...
Bristol has been a place of highs and lows for Denny Hamlin over the past year.
Last August, Hamlin won his first IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. That win was his third of the 2012 season, putting him in position to contend in the Chase.
When the series returned to Bristol in March, Hamlin found himself running up at the front of the field until a flat tire late...
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After nine miserable weeks where mediocrity was the high point and race-ending wrecks were all too commonplace, Denny Hamlin reemerged from the doldrums to win the Coors Light Pole for Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
With a lap at 128.969 mph (14.878 seconds), Hamlin edged Kurt Busch (128.770 mph) for the top starting spot...
Friday night marks the 53rd running of the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race from the Bristol Motor Speedway. One year ago it was Denny Hamlin winning by 1.103 seconds over Jimmie Johnson. Hamlin will look to duplicate the success of a year ago as 2013 has not[...]
Denny Hamlin was the fast qualifier on Friday and has earned the pole for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
A total of 43 cars will take to the .533 mile short track dubbed the world’s fastest half-mile. The lone car who failed to qualify for the race was Mike Bliss. The No. 18 car of Kyle Busch will start from the back of the back after suffering...
Denny Hamlin will lead the field to the green flag Saturday night in the IRWIN Tools Night Race from the Bristol Motor Speedway. He put his FedEx Toyota on the pole with a lap of 14.878 seconds. Kurt Busch qualified second, with Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers, and Matt Kenseth rounding[...]
Denny Hamlin picked off the poll as Kyle Busch going for the sweep had to start in the back as he wrecked he wrecked his car in qualifying.
Denny Hamlin started out leading the race as Kyle Busch was only slowly moving up through the field. Kurt Busch though did get hot and took the race lead on lap 23 as lapped traffic helped him out. The first caution finally came out on...
Welcome to coverage of the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run 500 laps at the .533 mile track making up a total of 266.5 miles.
Live Updates for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol
Lap 52- Jeff Gordon to third around Hamlin and Truex. Kenseth working on Hamlin for fifth.
Lap 48 – Green Flag. Busch, Edwards, Hamlin, Truex, Gordon...