Hamlin takes Brickyard pole

Denny Hamlin put up a lap time of 49.244 seconds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday during qualifying for Sunday’s Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at The Brickyard Powered by Big Machine Records to claim the pole starting spot.

“I think our car was good,” Hamlin said. “The only disadvantage we had was that the sun was out, at least on the frontstretch, from what I could see. When you do that, it’s more about just hitting your marks.”

His time was more than 0.2 seconds faster than the 49.455-second lap turned in by Carl Edwards, the second-fastest qualifier who’ll start alongside Hamlin on the front row.

“That was a really good lap for us,” Edwards said. “I am just proud of everyone for coming together and working together.”

Qualifying third and fourth on Saturday to claim the two second row starting spots on Sunday’s grid were Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola.

Greg Biffle rounded out the top-five in qualifying to start on the inside in the third row, and he’ll be joined in that row by sixth-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson. Qualifying seventh through 10th were Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon and series points leader Matt Kenseth.

Three drivers — Reed Sorenson, Michael McDowell and Joe Nemechek — failed to make the race.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images by NASCAR

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Topics: Brickyard 400, Denny Hamlin, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR

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