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Martinsville: Cup qualifying

Denny Hamlin will start from pole position for Sunday afternoon's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth.
Denny Hamlin claimed pole position for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race, with a lap of 19.013s (99.595mph)at the half mile Martinsville Speedway during qualifying for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on Friday afternoon.

"Anytime we qualify on the pole, it usually bodes well for us on Sunday," Hamlin said. "All three cars being in the top five is a good sign," he added. "Our cars have had strong speed.

"It is all working out nicely for us this weekend," he continued. "This is our best shot to get a win. We have a race-winning car this weekend."

It's Hamlin's fifth pole of 2013, a career best for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver and his 17th pole in 288 series starts and his third in 16 races at Martinsville. In total, 18 different drivers beat the prior qualifying record of 98.4mph that Jimmie Johnson set earlier this year, representing the 18th time in 2013 that the new Gen-6 car has set a new record in qualifying for a Cup event. Hamlin also won pole for Saturday afternoon's Kroger 200 Camping World Truck Series race.

In Cup qualifying Hamlin finished 0.048s ahead of Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch, who set identical lap times in two-lap qualifying. Johnson gets the front row spot by virtue of car owner points acting as a tie-breaker, although Busch may be happier with the arrangement as it gives him the inside line for the start of the race.

Busch will be starting alongside the third JGR drier, Matt Kenseth, which means that the top three from the Chase line-up immediately behing the polesitter. Row three is also an all-Chase affair with Clint Bowyer lined up next to Joey Logano, while last week's race winner Jamie McMurray starts from seventh place.

Two more Chase contenders make the top ten with Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick on row five, with reigning champion Brad Keselowski just missing out and starting form 11th next to Dale Earnhardt Jr. Carl Edwards will start from 14th and Ryan Newman from 17th, while Kurt Busch takes 19th and Kasey Kahne 25th. Greg Biffle is the lowest of the Chase contenders in 33rd.

There are 43 cars for this weekend's race, meaning that all of them qualified for the grid including Kyle Larson in 26th place, and Elliott Sadler qualifying in 35th place in his first outing in the #55 replacing the unwell Brian Vickers for the rest of the season. Danica Patrick will start from 41st place for this weekend's Cup race.

Qualifying times

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 19.013s (Pole) 99.595mph
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 19.061s (+ 0.048s) 99.344mph
3. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 19.061s (+ 0.048s) 99.344mph
4. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 19.092s (+ 0.079s) 99.183mph
5. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 19.096s (+ 0.083s) 99.162mph
6. #22 Joey Logano Ford 19.111s (+ 0.098s) 99.084mph
7. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 19.126s (+ 0.113s) 99.007mph
8. #34 David Ragan Ford 19.163s (+ 0.150s) 98.815mph
9. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 19.168s (+ 0.155s) 98.790mph
10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 19.171s (+ 0.158s) 98.774mph
11. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 19.176s (+ 0.163s) 98.748mph
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 19.183s (+ 0.170s) 98.712mph
13. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 19.185s (+ 0.172s) 98.702mph
14. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 19.194s (+ 0.181s) 98.656mph
15. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 19.214s (+ 0.201s) 98.553mph
16. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 19.214s (+ 0.201s) 98.553mph
17. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 19.219s (+ 0.206s) 98.527mph
18. #41 Aric Almirola Ford 19.242s (+ 0.229s) 98.410mph
19. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 19.244s (+ 0.231s) 98.400mph
20. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 19.245s (+ 0.232s) 98.394mph
21. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 19.248s (+ 0.235s) 98.379mph
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 19.258s (+ 0.245s) 98.328mph
23. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 19.297s (+ 0.284s) 98.129mph
24. #40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 19.312s (+ 0.299s) 98.053mph
25. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 19.313s (+ 0.300s) 98.048mph
26. #51 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 19.328s (+ 0.315s) 97.972mph
27. #38 David Gilliland Ford 19.351s (+ 0.338s) 97.855mph
28. #13 Casey Mears Ford 19.356s (+ 0.343s) 97.830mph
29. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 19.366s (+ 0.353s) 97.780mph
30. #30 Cole Whitt Toyota 19.366s (+ 0.353s) 97.780mph
31. #35 Josh Wise Ford 19.387s (+ 0.374s) 97.674mph
32. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 19.398s (+ 0.385s) 97.618mph
33. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 19.408s (+ 0.395s) 97.568mph
34. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 19.422s (+ 0.409s) 97.498mph
35. #55 Elliott Sadler Toyota 19.427s (+ 0.414s) 97.473mph
36. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 19.432s (+ 0.419s) 97.448mph
37. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 19.446s (+ 0.433s) 97.377mph
38. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 19.501s (+ 0.488s) 97.103mph
39. #33 Tony Raines Chevrolet 19.504s (+ 0.491s) 97.088mph
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 19.511s (+ 0.498s) 97.053mph
41. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 19.571s (+ 0.558s) 96.755mph
42. #95 Reed Sorenson Ford 19.757s (+ 0.744s) 95.845mph
43. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 19.976s (+ 0.963s) 94.794mph

Practice 1 times

1. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 18.922s (Leader) 100.074mph (29 laps)
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 18.988s (-0.066s) 99.726mph (28 laps)
3. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 19.025s (-0.103s) 99.532mph (36 laps)
4. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 19.039s (-0.117s) 99.459mph (28 laps)
5. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 19.040s (-0.118s) 99.454mph (36 laps)
6. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 19.060s (-0.138s) 99.349mph (30 laps)
7. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 19.063s (-0.141s) 99.334mph (32 laps)
8. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 19.064s (-0.142s) 99.329mph (20 laps)
9. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 19.085s (-0.163s) 99.219mph (31 laps)
10. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 19.087s (-0.165s) 99.209mph (33 laps)
11. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 19.087s (-0.165s) 99.209mph (25 laps)
12. #22 Joey Logano Ford 19.099s (-0.177s) 99.147mph (41 laps)
13. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 19.101s (-0.179s) 99.136mph (21 laps)
14. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 19.106s (-0.184s) 99.110mph (39 laps)
15. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 19.122s (-0.200s) 99.027mph (48 laps)
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 19.155s (-0.233s) 98.857mph (25 laps)
17. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 19.157s (-0.235s) 98.846mph (37 laps)
18. #40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 19.172s (-0.250s) 98.769mph (20 laps)
19. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 19.185s (-0.263s) 98.702mph (57 laps)
20. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 19.205s (-0.283s) 98.599mph (28 laps)
21. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 19.232s (-0.310s) 98.461mph (38 laps)
22. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 19.242s (-0.320s) 98.410mph (37 laps)
23. #55 Elliott Sadler Toyota 19.243s (-0.321s) 98.405mph (26 laps)
24. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 19.265s (-0.343s) 98.292mph (23 laps)
25. #30 Cole Whitt Toyota 19.267s (-0.345s) 98.282mph (29 laps)
26. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 19.267s (-0.345s) 98.282mph (21 laps)
27. #38 David Gilliland Ford 19.268s (-0.346s) 98.277mph (41 laps)
28. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 19.275s (-0.353s) 98.241mph (22 laps)
29. #41 Aric Almirola Ford 19.303s (-0.381s) 98.099mph (27 laps)
30. #13 Casey Mears Ford 19.323s (-0.401s) 97.997mph (30 laps)
31. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 19.324s (-0.402s) 97.992mph (43 laps)
32. #51 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 19.327s (-0.405s) 97.977mph (44 laps)
33. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 19.350s (-0.428s) 97.861mph (31 laps)
34. #34 David Ragan Ford 19.373s (-0.451s) 97.744mph (52 laps)
35. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 19.407s (-0.485s) 97.573mph (32 laps)
36. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 19.409s (-0.487s) 97.563mph (19 laps)
37. #95 Reed Sorenson Ford 19.420s (-0.498s) 97.508mph (30 laps)
38. #35 Josh Wise Ford 19.489s (-0.567s) 97.163mph (23 laps)
39. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 19.500s (-0.578s) 97.108mph (47 laps)
40. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 19.511s (-0.589s) 97.053mph (20 laps)
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 19.573s (-0.651s) 96.746mph (11 laps)
42. #33 Tony Raines Chevrolet 19.902s (-0.980s) 95.146mph (25 laps)
43. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 19.945s (-1.023s) 94.941mph (42 laps)



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