Hamlin Wins Sprint Cup, Truck Poles At Martinsville
Denny Hamlin will start up front twice this weekend.
On a day when 18 drivers broke the track record at Martinsville Speedway, Denny Hamlin was the fastest of the fast, winning the pole position for Sunday’s Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 Powered by Kroger.
Hamlin captured the pole with a lap of 19.013 seconds (99.595 mph) around the .526-mile track, topping the old track record 98.4 mph set by Jimmie Johnson this past spring.
It was Hamlin’s third pole win at Martinsville Speedway and his fifth pole of the 2013 season, a career best.
“I knew we were going to be pretty strong. I knew we had a good shot at the pole,” said Hamlin, a Virginia native who has four Martinsville Speedway victories. “We are also pretty good in race trim. Normally when we qualify good, we’re good on Sunday.
“I know Sunday is our best shot thus far (this season) to get a win. I know we have a great car this weekend. I know there are high expectations because of how well we’ve run here.”
There was a dead head for the second spot with Johnson and Kyle Busch turning in identical laps of 19.061 seconds (99.344 mph). The tie-breaker was car-owner points, with Johnson taking the second position and Busch the third.
Rounding out the top five in qualifying were Matt Kenseth in fourth and Clint Bowyer in fifth.
It was a perfect qualifying day for Hamlin as he won the pole for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race about an hour after earning the Sprint Cup pole.
Hamlin had a quick lap of 19.625 seconds (96.489 mph) to edge out Johnny Sauter for the Kroger 200 pole. Sauter turned in a time of 19.627 seconds (96.479) to capture the second starting spot.
“I would have been pretty disappointed if we hadn’t won the truck pole. I knew we were that good,” said Hamlin, who has won the Kroger 200 the past two years. “It’s the greatest Friday I’ve had in a long time.”
Rounding out the top five in truck qualifying were rookie Darrell Wallace Jr., Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ty Dillon.
The Kroger 200 takes the green flag at 1:30 Saturday. Fan gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.
Great tickets remain for the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 Powered by Kroger starting at just $42.
Tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday are $35. Youth 12 and under are admitted free on Saturday.
To purchase tickets for the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 Powered by Kroger weekend, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.