Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR Cup Series pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, posting a fast lap of 183.68 mph in the second round of qualifying on Saturday (May 28).
Hamlin claimed his second Coca-Cola 600 pole, 34th of his career and first of the season.
”Just the reps, I run down there [turns 3 and 4] quite a bit in practice and then in my first run in the first round,” Hamlin told FOX Sports. “I had reps down there, so I kind of knew what I needed for my car. And I just thought, forward thinking, that this track was gonna get a little better and certainly we would want to cut the most distance we could off if the track continued to grip up.”
Toyotas swept the first two rows, as Kansas Speedway winner Kurt Busch placed second. Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Christopher Bell and Kyle Busch make up the second row, and William Byron rounds out the top five.
Several drivers had issues in both practice and qualifying, including Brad Keselowski, who slid around in his qualifying run but didn’t hit anything.
Coverage for the Coca-Cola 600 starts on Sunday, May 29, at 6 p.m. ET on FOX.
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