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Press Snoop: Definitely Denny.

Rookie DENNY HAMLIN of Chesterfield Virginia had his place in the sun Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway. He qualified on the front row for both the NASCAR Busch Series Arizona 200 Race Presented by I Walk The Line movie and the NASCAR Nextel Cup Checker Auto Parts 500 Race.

Hamlin took his first-ever Cup pole with a lap of 26.831/134.173 mph in No.11 FedEx Express Chevrolet. He starts along side JIMMY JOHNSON, who currently is the closest Chase contender.

Hamlin's lap doesn't break the current record of 135.854 mph set last fall by RYAN NEWMAN.

Third through fifth are CARL EDWARDS, GREG BIFFLE and BOBBY LABONTE.

Points leader TONY STEWART will start ninth.

The top Rookie was TRAVIS KVAPIL, starting thirtieth.

Those who did not qualify are: BRANDON ASH, DERRIKE COPE, PJ Jones, KEVIN LEPAGE, BRYAN REFFNER, and MIKE WALLACE.

Most of the announcements this weekend have confirmed rumours swirling in the garages.

JJ YELEY will race with Joe Gibbs Racing in No.18 Interstate Batteries, replacing the departing BOBBY LABONTE of North Carolina. Yeley will run most if not all of the 2006 Busch races in addition to the full Nextel Cup Series. Yeley will start twenty first in Saturday's Busch race in the Gibbs No.18 Vigoro/Home Depot Chevrolet.

Yeley's teammates will be Stewart in Cup and Hamlin in both Cup and Busch. Yeley's number will be #18 in both series. Hamlin will run #11 in Cup and #20 in Busch.

The first five races in Yeley's Cup car will be driven by 'retired' TERRY LABONTE, who can get the car into the field on the Past Champion's Provisional. Terry Labonte will also drive ten races in the No.44 Hendrick Chevrolet.

Terry Labonte will also race on both road courses in the Hall of Fame programme with ROGER STAUBACH and TROY AIKMAN, sharing the ride with TONY RAINES. That team has an alliance with JGR.

After that Yeley will race, and those events he doesn't drive could be covered by other development drivers, but nothing has been revealed.

Meanwhile, after ten years, 21 victories and one Cup Championship, BOBBY LABONTE is leaving JGR and moving to Petty Enterprises, where he will race No.43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge, teaming with owner KYLE PETTY.

Bobby Labonte already ran the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with his brother Terry and plans to do so again. Petty likes the idea and said if he was good and asked nicely, maybe he'd get to race with them. Petty and Bobby met in sports cars.

There finally has been resolution in the complicated driver swap between CHIP GANASSI, JACK ROUSH and ROGER PENSKE.



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#11 FedEx Chevrolet Monte Carlo-Jason Leffler practices for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach,Fl- Feb. 2005. ┬ęDorsey Patrick
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina (Photo Credit: Photo by Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, takes the chequered flag as he crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Hisense Toyota, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, lead the field to start during the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Hisense Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Hisense Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Hisense Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Hisense Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Hisense Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, climbs in his car prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

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