NASCAR: Richmond Qualifying – Denny Hamlin On The Pole

Qualifying for the all-important pole position as well as track position is complete from Richmond International Raceway. Denny Hamlin is on the pole.

The drama of the all-important Chase-clinching weekend was already evident during Friday afternoon’s qualifying session for Sprint Cup Drivers.  Richmond’s challenging oval tasked even the best drivers.  Turns one and two are very tight and cars can become even tighter while turn three tempts one to over-drive the entry and perhaps spoil the lap.  Finally, off of turn four is a wide radius exit which dares drivers to put the power down too early and get loose.

In the end, Denny Hamlin continued the mastery of one of his home state tracks, and has earned the pole position for the regular-season finale.

Qualifying Results
  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Matt Kenseth
  4. Jamie McMurray
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Martin Truex, Jr.
  7. Kasey Kahne
  8. Austin Dillon
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Jimmie Johnson
  11. Jeff Gordon
  12. Joey Logano
  13. Carl Edwards
  14. Tony Stewart
  15. Ryan Newman
  16. A.J. Allmendinger
  17. Brad Keselowski
  18. Trevor Bayne
  19. Kevin Harvick
  20. Ryan Blaney
  21. David Ragan
  22. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
  23. Aric Almirola
  24. Regan Smith
  25. Matt DiBenedetto
  26. Casey Mears
  27. Michael McDowell
  28. Greg Biffle
  29. Danica Patrick
  30. Paul Menard
  31. Chris Buescher
  32. Landon Cassill
  33. Clint Bowyer
  34. Chase Elliott
  35. Brian Scott
  36. Josh Wise
  37. Michael Annett
  38. Reed Sorenson
  39. Dylan Lupton
  40. Jeffrey Earnhardt

** Did Not Qualify:  Cole Whitt

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