Hamlin snatches the pole at Dover

DOVER, DE - MAY 29: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Cares Toyota, left, poses with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz and the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE - MAY 29:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Cares Toyota, left, poses with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz and the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2015 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE – MAY 29: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Cares Toyota, left, poses with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz and the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Denny Hamlin went out last but ended up first Friday night. Hamlin was the last driver to take a lap in the final of three rounds of knockout qualifying; however, he put down the fastest lap and secured the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Hamlin’s lap of 22.483 seconds translated to 160.121 miles per hour giving the Joe Gibbs Racing driver his first pole of the season and the 21st of his career.  It is Hamlin’s third pole at Dover and his first since the fall of 2013.

“Well, we still haven’t won here, but we’ve been more competitive for sure,” Hamlin said. MORE>>>

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