Denny Hamlin climbed into the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota for the first time this season on Friday and turned in a lap time of 19.625 seconds at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway to claim the pole for Saturday’s Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track. That followed a pole for the Sprint Cup Series race Hamlin earned earlier the same day.
“Even as happy as I am with the Cup pole, honestly, would have been pretty disappointed in our day if we didn’t get the truck pole, as well,” Hamlin said. “Obviously, we have pretty lofty expectations. This has been the greatest Friday I’ve had in a really long time. We’re racing for three in a row here in the Camping World Truck Series. I only get one shot at this a year, and we made the best of it the last few years with Kyle’s truck. Kyle is battling for an owner’s championship as well with the 88 of (Matt) Crafton. He said he called in his best bullet to come run his truck for him. Hopefully, we get a win for him and gain some spots.”
Despite already having four wins, the pole is the first of the season for the No. 51.
Hamlin will share the front row of the starting grid on Saturday with last weekend’s race winner, Johnny Sauter, who posted a lap time of 19.627 seconds on Friday to claim the second starting spot. Rounding out the top-five in qualifying were Darrell Wallace Jr., Ron Hornaday and Ty Dillon. Series points leader Matt Crafton wound up 13th.
Thirty-eight drivers made qualifying runs, with two drivers failing to make the race — Spencer Gallagher and Jennifer Jo Cobb.
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