Hamlin Breaks Track Record – Wins Pole for Coca Cola 600

CONCORD, NC – Although he’s still recovering from a serious back injury that kept him off the track for a few weeks nothing was going to keep Denny Hamlin from winning the pole for Sunday’s Coca Cola 600. Hamlin turned the track at 195.624 mph, a new track record for the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Thursday night qualifying session saw the former track record of 193.708 beaten eight times. This marked the second pole of the season for Hamlin, who is back on the track for only the second points race since breaking his back in a crash earlier this season at AAA Speedway in California.

The Busch brothers – Kurt and Kyle took turns setting the pace and it appeared that Kurt Busch would win the pole until Hamlin rolled his Fed Ex Toyota out 39th of the 44 drivers who qualified. Kurt Busch will start Sunday’s race on the outside of row one. Hamlin’s teammate, Matt Kenseth was third fastest. Michael Waltrip Racing teammates, Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer were fourth and fifth.


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Defending 600 Champion, Kasey Kahne was sixth, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman rounded out the top ten.

Jimmie Johnson qualified twelfth, while defending points champion, Brad Keslowski was twentieth.

Sunday’s race is the longest of the year at 600 miles.

Starting Lineup
Coca-Cola 600, Charlotte
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Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
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1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 195.624 27.604
2 78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 195.221 27.661
3 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 195.094 27.679
4 55 Mark Martin Toyota 194.595 27.75
5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 194.503 27.763
6 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 194.349 27.785
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 194.238 27.801
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 193.952 27.842
9 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 193.694 27.879
10 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 193.639 27.887
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 193.444 27.915
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 193.292 27.937
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford 193.271 27.94
14 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 192.961 27.985
15 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 192.52 28.049
16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 192.287 28.083
17 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 192.191 28.097
18 43 Aric Almirola Ford 192.13 28.106
19 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 192.123 28.107
20 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 191.884 28.142
21 13 Casey Mears Ford 191.884 28.142
22 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 191.727 28.165
23 36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 190.988 28.274
24 10 Danica Patrick # Chevrolet 190.826 28.298
25 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 190.792 28.303
26 38 David Gilliland Ford 190.665 28.322
27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 190.49 28.348
28 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 190.416 28.359
29 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 190.409 28.36
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 190.241 28.385
31 22 Joey Logano Ford 190.047 28.414
32 98 Michael McDowell Ford 189.967 28.426
33 7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 189.793 28.452
34 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 189.401 28.511
35 34 David Ragan Ford 189.049 28.564
36 51 Regan Smith(i) Chevrolet 188.725 28.613
37 95 Scott Speed Ford 188.659 Owner Points
38 83 David Reutimann Toyota 188.383 Owner Points
39 30 David Stremme Toyota 188.265 Owner Points
40 32 Timmy Hill # Ford 188.114 Owner Points
41 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 188.081 Owner Points
42 33 Landon Cassill(i) 188.075 Owner Points
43 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 186.406 Owner Points

 


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