Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Record-Breaking Lap Has Hamlin on Pole Auto Racing Notebook

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Record-Breaking Lap Has Hamlin on Pole Auto Racing Notebook

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Denny Hamlin broke the track record Thursday with a lap of 195.624 mph to capture the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Hamlin, who has never won a Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, was one of eight drivers to top the old record of 193.708 set in October by Greg Biffle. It is Hamlin's 14th career pole.

Four Toyotas will start in the top five. Hamlin will start alongside Kurt Busch on the front row, followed by Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer.

Kasey Kahne will start sixth, Biffle seventh, Busch eighth, Jamie McMurray ninth and Ryan Newman rounds out the top 10.

Sprint All-Star race champion Jimmie Johnson starts 12th.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 11th and Danica Patrick starts 24th.

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