Denny Hamlin leads Sprint Unlimited practice as Jimmie Johnson awarded pole

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 12: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, talks with crew chief Chad Knaus in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on February 12, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 12:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, talks with crew chief Chad Knaus in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on February 12, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 12: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, talks with crew chief Chad Knaus in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on February 12, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson will start from the pole Saturday night, but on track Friday it was all about Denny Hamlin. Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Johnson, who won the event in 2005, was awarded pole for the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway via a draw by his crew chief Chad Knaus.  Knaus put his driver in the number one starting spot for the 25 drivers entered in the annual all-star, non-points event.

Brad Keselowski will start second, AJ Allmendinger third with Kyle Larson and Ryan Newman rounding out the top five.

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