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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
(Back Row L-R) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes Ford, Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Catepillar Chevrolet, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Gwaltney Ford, (Front Row L- R) Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Call Before You Dig Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Bush`s Beans Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, pose with the Sprint Cup Trophy after qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
(Back Row L - R) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes Ford, Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Catepillar Chevrolet, Miss Sprint Cup Madison Martin, Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Gwaltney Ford, (Front Row L- R) Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Call Before You Dig Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Bush`s Beans Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, pose with the Sprint Cup Trophy after qualifying for the Chase  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, drives in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin and Darian Grubb, the crew chief of the #11 Joe Gibb Racing Toyota, consult in the garage area during testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron`s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron`s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron`s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron`s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick (Photo Credit: NASCAR)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, talks to Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, prepares for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 23, 2014 in Fontana, California. Hornish is replacing Denny Hamlin who was not cleared to race due to illness.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, and Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, and Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, lead a group of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, celebrates winning the pole position after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 14, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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