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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, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, passes Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, to take the lead and win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, speaks during a press conference prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, climbs out of his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, speaks to the media during a press conference after failing to advance to race for the championship in the season finale after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS finished in 2nd place Sunday, November 9, 2014 in the final Eliminator 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Gordon just missed out being in the Championship 4 finale next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory with his wife, DeLana, Sunday, November 9, 2014 in the final Eliminator 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Harvick advances to the Championship 4 finale next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)

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