Denny Hamlin took the pillar in Sunday’s Nashville Cup race




Alejandro Alvarez | NASCAR digital media

Denny Hamlin won the Busch Light Pole Award in Saturday’s qualifying session at the Nashville Superspeedway track.

Unexpected rain stopped the final qualifying round, and Hamlin was the fastest of all on Sunday’s Ally 400 in two group sessions (5 p.m. ET, NBC, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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With a lap speed of 160,413 miles per hour, it is the 35th cup pole in Hamlin’s career and the second in four races.

“It was a great run for us,” Hamlin told a news conference. “We didn’t start training so well, but with each run we just improved and improved. Obviously it was even better today. I thought I drove a little, but it was still good enough.

Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, who is in 11th place for the fourth race in a row, will start in the top 10, but Hamlin finished in the top two in the last two races – 34th in the World Wide Technology Raceway and 31st in the Sonoma Raceway. in the race.

The equivalence of the manufacturers led in the selection session on Saturday – three Toyota, three Ford and four Chevrolet overcame the last 10 laps, which was rain.

Joey Logano joins Hamlin in the front row after running 160,107 mph, and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson (159,963 mph) and Chase Elliott (159,931 mph) blocked row 2.

Not surprisingly, Larson starts in the top five, beating 264 laps out of 300 and winning last year’s introductory cup race in a 1.33-mile oval.

Daniel Suárez, who won his career cup series for the first time in Sonoma, beat the top five with a qualifying round of 159,877 miles per hour.

Ryan Blaney (159,867 mph), Ross Chastain (159,722 mph), Kevin Harvick (159,659 mph), Christopher Bell (159,228) and Martin Truex Jr. (159,207 mph) was in the top ten.

The Fords have increased their speed since Friday’s training session, with the Blue Ovals taking five of the top 15 spots.

Aric Almirola will start at 11th and Chris Buescher at 15th.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s friends Harvick and Almirol are awarded just seven points in the playoffs.

Bubba Wallace, who was the fastest in training, freed up in the qualifying race and covered 156,022 miles per hour lap and finished 30th in Sunday’s standings. The 23XI Racing qualifying troubles continued as Kurt Busch’s 158,843 miles per hour was good enough for only 19 seats.

Kyle Busch will drive to the end of the field, and Toyota, who is in 18th place, has turned 3 and 4 to finish his qualifying round.

This story will be updated.

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