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Denny Hamlin takes pole for Sunday’s FedEx 400 at Dover

Denny Hamlin drives his car during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Friday, May 29, 2015, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. Hamlin won the pole.
Denny Hamlin drives his car during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Friday, May 29, 2015, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. Hamlin won the pole. AP

These have been a good couple of weeks for Joe Gibbs Racing.

After sweeping the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this month, JGR’s Denny Hamlin won the pole Friday for Sunday’s FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Hamlin, who had a top speed of 160.121 mph around the Monster Mile, will start alongside Martin Truex Jr., with Kyle Larson and Matt Kenseth comprising the second row.

Hamlin won the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte two weeks ago. JGR teammate Carl Edwards then won last Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

It’s Hamlin’s third pole in his last six races at Dover, although he has never won on the 1-mile track.

“Whatever it is about the qualifying (at Dover), it just seems to suit myself and my driving style,” said Hamlin. “We’ve qualified well here in the past, but haven’t always raced that well. I’m pretty confident come Sunday we’ll be contenders.”

Notes

▪ Ty Dillon, Regan Smith, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez are are eligible to win $100,000 Saturday in the “Dash 4 Cash” during the Buckle Up 200 Xfinity Series race at Dover.

Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted the Dash 4 Cash qualifier last weekend, which determined the four drivers who will compete for the money at Dover. The highest finisher of Dillon, Smith, Wallace and Suarez wins the $100,000 and becomes eligible to win $1 million at the end of the season.

Qualifying for the Xfinity race is 11:15 a.m. Saturday, with the race starting at 2:30 p.m. Chris Buescher leads the points race by four over Dillon.

▪ Delaware-resident C.J. Faison will make his Xfinity debut Saturday at Dover. Faison, who will drive the No. 26 Toyota for JGL Racing, ran two Truck series races in 2013 before taking 2014 off to build his own team.

▪ Erik Jones, who ran in Friday’s Truck race and is in the field for the Xfinity race, turns 19 Saturday. Although he would be the first driver to win an Xfinity race on his birthday, he wouldn’t be the only driver in NASCAR history to do so. It’s been done by Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Cale Yarborough (twice) in Cup and Ron Hornaday Jr. twice in the Truck series.

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