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Denny Hamlin Claims Cup Pole at Nashville

Denny Hamlin claimed the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series’ Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway after going 160.413 mph in the first round of qualifying.

Rain came out after the first two groups finished their qualifying runs, so the lineup was set by group A’s and B’s speeds, allowing Hamlin to get his second pole of the year.

Joey Logano was quickest in group B, going 160.107 mph in his lap, and will start next to Hamlin on the front row. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott make up the second row, while Sonoma Raceway winner Daniel Suarez rounds out the top five.

See also
Bubba Wallace Fastest in Cup Practice at Nashville

Ryan Blaney is sixth, Suarez’ Trackhouse Racing Team cohort Ross Chastain is seventh and Kevin Harvick starts eighth. Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing colleagues Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr. begin ninth and 10th, respectively.

Cup Starting Lineup for Nashville

Kyle Busch had an incident in his run, spinning and making contact with the wall. He’ll start last on Sunday (June 26).

The Ally 400 airs on June 26 at 5 p.m. ET on NBC and Motor Racing Network (MRN) radio.

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Joy Tomlinson

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 watching motorsports 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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