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Denny Hamlin on Cup Pole at Talladega

Denny Hamlin will lead the NASCAR Cup Series field to green at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 25.

The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver claimed the pole after finishing runner up last week at Richmond Raceway.

Team Penske’s Joey Logano will line up alongside Hamlin on the front row, while Hamlin’s teammate Martin Truex Jr. slots in third. Hendrick Motorsports cohorts William Byron and Alex Bowman round out the top-five starters.

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Christopher Bell wheels his No. 20 Toyota from sixth and Ryan Blaney starts seventh. Chase Elliott begins eighth, Kyle Busch is ninth and Brad Keselowski rounds out the top 10.

Four weighted categories were combined to form the lineup: driver’s and car owner’s finishing position from the previous race (25% each), team owner’s points ranking (35%) and fastest lap from the previous race (15%).

Cup Starting Lineup for Talladega

The GEICO 500 airs April 25 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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Albert Ber

Why isn’t Bowen on the front row?


Nah, he’s whacking them all he says. He even said he’d rather be where he is than any of the right winners this year. Alex told him, “it’s just air Denny”

Bill B

Beavis and Butthead did a lot of whacking too.


Can’t they come up with a better way to get pole winners/starting lineup than this stupid as**d way?


That’s a rhetorical question and past history says the answer is a definite NO!

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