pcloudyn.png
Wednesday August 10th, 2022 1:32AM

Hamlin powers to NASCAR Cup pole at Pocono Raceway

By Holly Cain-NASCAR Wire Service
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

Denny Hamlin earned the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway by turning in a blazing fast lap of 169.498 mph around the iconic 2.5-mile oval.

Hamlin easily out-qualifying the field by .15-seconds to earn his third pole position of the season.

It will be an all-Joe Gibbs Racing front row with Hamlin starting his No. 11 Toyota alongside teammate Kyle Busch, who was second fastest in the No. 18 Toyota.

The last time Hamlin qualified on the pole, at Charlotte in May, he went on to win the race. And he already boasts a stellar resume at Pocono. His six wins at the track are tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon for the NASCAR Cup Series-most at six each.

“As long as it keeps driving like that, it’s all good,” Hamlin said with a smile. “Just made some big strides from practice. The biggest thing is that the team just did a phenomenal job getting this car ready for qualifying. I made some adjustments and it’s good.”

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson were third and fourth fastest in qualifying and will make up the second row on the grid, followed by 2016 Pocono race winner Chris Buescher, who will start fifth.

Ryan Blaney, who earned his first career win at Pocono in 2017 will start sixth, followed by the Toyotas of Bubba Wallace and Martin Truex, Jr. Daniel Suarez, and Kurt Busch rounded out the top 10 starting positions.

Kurt Busch, will be starting from the rear of the grid, however, after spinning into the wall just as he was approaching the green flag for his final qualifying attempt.

WDUN will carry live MRN Radio coverage of Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 from Pocono Raceway at 2 pm on 102.9 FM, AM 550, and streaming live on AccessWDUN.

NASCAR Cup Series
Pocono Raceway – Long Pond, PA
M&Ms Fan Appreciation 400 – July 23, 2022

Saturday’s Qualifying Results

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1. 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 52.944 169.991
2. 18 Kyle Busch M&Ms Toyota 53.098 169.498
3. 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 53.140 169.364
4. 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 53.250 169.014
5. 17 Chris Buescher Wyndham Resorts Ford 53.279 168.922
6. 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Duracell Ford 53.457 168.360
7. 23 Bubba Wallace DoorDash Toyota 53.472 168.312
8. 19 Martin Truex, Jr. DeWalt Toyota 53.579 167.976
9. 99 Daniel Suarez CommScope Chevrolet 53.590 167.942
10. 45 Kurt Busch McDonald’s Toyota 0.000 0.000
11. 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 53.550 168.067
12. 10 Aric Almirola Haas Automation Ford 53.620 167.848
13. 14 Chase Briscoe HighPoint.com Ford 53.655 167.738
14. 22 Joey Logano Verizon Frontline Ford 53.669 167.695
15. 3 Austin Dillon BREZTRI Chevrolet 53.678 167.666
16. 8 Tyler Reddick Sheetz Chevrolet 53.708 167.573
17. 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 53.834 167.181
18. 24 William Byron RaptorTough.com Chevrolet 53.835 167.177
19. 47 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Kroger/SweetLeaf Chevrolet 53.878 167.044
20. 2 Austin Cindric # Keystone Light Ford 53.921 166.911
21. 1 Ross Chastain Worldwide Express Chevrolet 53.984 166.716
22. 16 Noah Gragson(i) Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet 54.000 166.667
23. 7 Corey LaJoie WWE SummerSlam on Peacock Chevrolet 54.009 166.639
24. 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light Apple #BuschTrickyTrivia Ford 54.020 166.605
25. 34 Michael McDowell Fr8Auctions.com Ford 54.049 166.516
26. 6 Brad Keselowski Kohler Generators Ford 54.061 166.479
27. 42 Ty Dillon Big Dog Energy Chevrolet 54.140 166.236
28. 21 Harrison Burton # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 54.197 166.061
29. 38 Todd Gilliland # A&W Root Beer Float Ford 54.221 165.987
30. 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 54.440 165.320
31. 77 Josh Bilicki(i) Zeigler Auto/Rich Mar Florist Chevrolet 54.639 164.718
32. 41 Cole Custer HaasTooling.com Ford 54.763 164.345
33. 15 J.J. Yeley(i) Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Ford 54.769 164.327
34. 43 Erik Jones FOCUSfactor Chevrolet 54.816 164.186
35. 78 B.J. McLeod(i) Surface Sunscreen Ford 55.625 161.798
36. 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 56.166 160.239

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

  • Associated Categories: Sports, NASCAR News, NASCAR Cup
  • Associated Tags: nascar, motorsports, Auto Racing, Stock Car, Asphalt, Motorsports Live On WDUN, NASCAR Cup Series
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Hamlin powers to NASCAR Cup pole at Pocono Raceway
Denny Hamlin earned the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway by turning in a blazing fast lap of 169.498 mph around...
6:10PM ( 2 minutes ago )
Chandler Smith wins NASCAR Truck race at Pocono
Chandler Smith earned his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season, taking the trophy in the regular season finale at Pocono Raceway...
5:39PM ( 33 minutes ago )
Two-a-Days: Defensive front is high priority for Raiders
The Raiders have not made the playoffs since 2020, and their biggest issue during the offseason may be retooling a defensive front that was hit hard by graduation...
4:02PM ( 2 hours ago )
Sports
Sainz helps Leclerc edge Verstappen for French GP pole
Charles Leclerc used help from Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. to beat Formula One leader Max Verstappen and take pole position for the French Grand Prix on Saturday.
4:59PM ( 1 hour ago )
NASCAR Cup hits Pocono with Playoffs cutoff looming
The competitive intensity picking up is palpable for the NASCAR Cup Series as it begins the summertime regular season turn toward the Playoffs.
6:00AM ( 1 day ago )
PODCAST: Hard Left Turn - Christopher Bell tops Cup Series at Loudon
Christopher Bell bypassed Chase Elliott with about 40 laps left to go in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and went on...
10:00PM ( 2 days ago )
NASCAR News
Gibbs 'surprised' team hasn't signed 2-time Cup champ Busch
Joe Gibbs said he's surprised his eponymous race team has yet to sign two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch to a contract for 2023.
10:00AM ( 5 days ago )
Bell crashes NASCAR playoff field with win at New Hampshire
Christopher Bell's crew chief tried to give him a little bit of coaching — some encouragement with about 40 laps left in the race and a victory and playoff spot at stake...
6:00AM ( 5 days ago )
Bell bests Elliott to grab New Hampshire Cup victory
Christopher Bell has quietly established himself as a New England force over the past three years coming up the NASCAR ranks. On Sunday afternoon...
8:55PM ( 5 days ago )
NASCAR Cup
Chandler Smith wins NASCAR Truck race at Pocono
Chandler Smith earned his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season, taking the trophy in the regular season finale at Pocono Raceway...
By Holly Cain-NASCAR Wire Service
5:39PM ( 33 minutes ago )
NASCAR Cup hits Pocono with Playoffs cutoff looming
The competitive intensity picking up is palpable for the NASCAR Cup Series as it begins the summertime regular season turn toward the Playoffs.
By Holly Cain-NASCAR Wire Service
6:00AM ( 1 day ago )
PODCAST: Hard Left Turn - Christopher Bell tops Cup Series at Loudon
Christopher Bell bypassed Chase Elliott with about 40 laps left to go in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and went on...
By AccessWDUN Staff
10:00PM ( 2 days ago )
Layne Riggs sweeps SOBO Late Model Stock twins
Layne Riggs took another step towards the South Boston Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division title...
By Joe Chandler
6:00AM ( 3 days ago )
NASCAR to hit the streets of Chicago with downtown race
NASCAR will celebrate its 75th season with an unprecedented street race through downtown Chicago in yet another radical change to the once staid schedule.
By Jay Cohen - AP Sports Writer
5:22PM ( 4 days ago )