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Cup: Indianapolis - Qualifying times

Denny Hamlin took pole position for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with Carl Edwards set to start alongside him on the front row on Sunday afternoon.
Denny Hamlin claimed pole position for the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motorspeedway, with a lap of 49.244s (182.763mph) set midway through the qualifying session putting him 0.211s faster than Carl Edwards on the 2.5-mile oval.

It's Hamlin's second pole of the year and the 11th of his 243 series race starts. It's the first time he's been able to take pole position at Indianapolis. Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing team mate Joey Logano will start from third place alongside Richard Petty Motorsports' Aric Almirola.

Josh Wise was the highest-qualifying rookie in 36th place. Trevor Bayne made the field in 18th place, but Reed Sorenson, Joe Nemechek and Michael McDowell all failed to qualify on speed for the 43-car grid.

Kasey Kahne (who went on to claim pole position for the Nationwide Series support race) had led the first practice session with a time of 48.563s (185.326 mph) but will start from 15th place on the grid, while Greg Biffle had claimed the honours in the second practice session with a lap of 49.587s (181.499 mph) and secured fifth place on the grid alongside Jimmie Johnson on the third row of Sunday afternoon's starting grid.

Qualifying times

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 49.244s (Leader) 182.763mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 49.455s (-0.211) 181.984mph
3. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 49.517s (-0.273) 181.756mph
4. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 49.538s (-0.294) 181.679mph
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 49.578s (-0.334) 181.532mph
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 49.626s (-0.382) 181.357mph
7. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 49.711s (-0.467) 181.046mph
8. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 49.720s (-0.476) 181.014mph
9. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 49.737s (-0.493) 180.952mph
10. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 49.819s (-0.575) 180.654mph
11. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 49.831s (-0.587) 180.611mph
12. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 49.857s (-0.613) 180.516mph
13. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 49.865s (-0.621) 180.487mph
14. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 49.869s (-0.625) 180.473mph
15. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 49.876s (-0.632) 180.447mph
16. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 49.879s (-0.635) 180.437mph
17. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 49.880s (-0.636) 180.433mph
18. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 49.892s (-0.648) 180.390mph
19. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 49.893s (-0.649) 180.386mph
20. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 49.932s (-0.688) 180.245mph
21. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 49.951s (-0.707) 180.177mph
22. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 49.959s (-0.715) 180.148mph
23. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 49.980s (-0.736) 180.072mph
24. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 50.020s (-0.776) 179.928mph
25. #13 Casey Mears Ford 50.134s (-0.890) 179.519mph
26. #30 David Stremme Toyota 50.220s (-0.976) 179.212mph
27. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 50.309s (-1.065) 178.894mph
28. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 50.318s (-1.074) 178.862mph
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 50.331s (-1.087) 178.816mph
30. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 50.408s (-1.164) 178.543mph
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford 50.418s (-1.174) 178.508mph
32. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 50.424s (-1.180) 178.486mph
33. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 50.443s (-1.199) 178.419mph
34. #195 Scott Speed Ford 50.603s (-1.359) 177.855mph
35. #26 Josh Wise* Chevrolet 50.635s (-1.391) 177.743mph
36. #34 David Ragan Ford 50.667s (-1.423) 177.630mph
37. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 50.748s (-1.504) 177.347mph
38. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 50.750s (-1.506) 177.340mph
39. #179 Mike Skinner Ford 50.878s (-1.634) 176.894mph
40. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 50.888s (-1.644) 176.859mph
41. #10 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 50.985s (-1.741) 176.523mph
42. #32 Ken Schrader+ Ford 51.497s (-2.253) 174.768mph
43. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 51.084s (-1.840) 176.180mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #191 Reed Sorenson Ford 51.250s (-2.006) 175.610mph
45. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 51.387s (-2.143) 175.142mph
46. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 50.590s (-1.346) 177.901mph

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

Practice 2

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 49.587s (Leader) 181.499 mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 49.660s (-0.073) 181.232 mph
3. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 49.672s (-0.085) 181.189 mph
4. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 49.724s (-0.137) 180.999 mph
5. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 49.727s (-0.140) 180.988 mph
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 49.751s (-0.164) 180.901 mph
7. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 49.754s (-0.167) 180.890 mph
8. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 49.787s (-0.200) 180.770 mph
9. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 49.798s (-0.211) 180.730 mph
10. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 49.822s (-0.235) 180.643 mph
11. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 49.836s (-0.249) 180.592 mph
12. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 49.868s (-0.281) 180.477 mph
13. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 49.895s (-0.308) 180.379 mph
14. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 49.924s (-0.337) 180.274 mph
15. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 49.941s (-0.354) 180.213 mph
16. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 49.957s (-0.370) 180.155 mph
17. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 49.959s (-0.372) 180.148 mph
18. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 49.983s (-0.396) 180.061 mph
19. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 50.016s (-0.429) 179.942 mph
20. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 50.058s (-0.471) 179.791 mph
21. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 50.060s (-0.473) 179.784 mph
22. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 50.186s (-0.599) 179.333 mph
23. #13 Casey Mears Ford 50.280s (-0.693) 178.998 mph
24. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 50.285s (-0.698) 178.980 mph
25. #195 Scott Speed Ford 50.391s (-0.804) 178.603 mph
26. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 50.456s (-0.869) 178.373 mph
27. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 50.567s (-0.980) 177.982 mph
28. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 50.580s (-0.993) 177.936 mph
29. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 50.616s (-1.029) 177.809 mph
30. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 50.730s (-1.143) 177.410 mph
31. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 50.730s (-1.143) 177.410 mph
32. #30 David Stremme Toyota 50.746s (-1.159) 177.354 mph
33. #26 Josh Wise* Chevrolet 50.752s (-1.165) 177.333 mph
34. #179 Mike Skinner Ford 50.772s (-1.185) 177.263 mph
35. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 50.868s (-1.281) 176.928 mph
36. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 50.919s (-1.332) 176.751 mph
37. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 51.022s (-1.435) 176.395 mph
38. #34 David Ragan Ford 51.041s (-1.454) 176.329 mph
39. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 51.064s (-1.477) 176.249 mph
40. #38 David Gilliland Ford 51.069s (-1.482) 176.232 mph
41. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 51.087s (-1.500) 176.170 mph
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 51.190s (-1.603) 175.816 mph
43. #191 Reed Sorenson Ford 51.211s (-1.624) 175.743 mph
44. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 51.249s (-1.662) 175.613 mph
45. #10 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 52.285s (-2.698) 172.133 mph
46. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 52.498s (-2.911) 171.435 mph

Practice 1

1. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 48.563s (Leader) 185.326 mph
2. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 49.041s (-0.478) 183.520 mph
3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 49.102s (-0.539) 183.292 mph
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 49.144s (-0.581) 183.135 mph
5. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 49.203s (-0.640) 182.916 mph
6. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 49.251s (-0.688) 182.737 mph
7. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 49.452s (-0.889) 181.995 mph
8. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 49.460s (-0.897) 181.965 mph
9. #13 Casey Mears Ford 49.460s (-0.897) 181.965 mph
10. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 49.467s (-0.904) 181.939 mph
11. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 49.540s (-0.977) 181.671 mph
12. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 49.613s (-1.050) 181.404 mph
13. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 49.618s (-1.055) 181.386 mph
14. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 49.690s (-1.127) 181.123 mph
15. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 49.755s (-1.192) 180.886 mph
16. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 49.876s (-1.313) 180.447 mph
17. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 49.884s (-1.321) 180.419 mph
18. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 50.014s (-1.451) 179.950 mph
19. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 50.033s (-1.470) 179.881 mph
20. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 50.051s (-1.488) 179.817 mph
21. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 50.115s (-1.552) 179.587 mph
22. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 50.119s (-1.556) 179.573 mph
23. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 50.168s (-1.605) 179.397 mph
24. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 50.262s (-1.699) 179.062 mph
25. #195 Scott Speed Ford 50.268s (-1.705) 179.040 mph
26. #38 David Gilliland Ford 50.273s (-1.710) 179.023 mph
27. #26 Josh Wise* Chevrolet 50.363s (-1.800) 178.703 mph
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 50.386s (-1.823) 178.621 mph
29. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 50.391s (-1.828) 178.603 mph
30. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 50.418s (-1.855) 178.508 mph
31. #179 Mike Skinner Ford 50.430s (-1.867) 178.465 mph
32. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 50.433s (-1.870) 178.455 mph
33. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 50.442s (-1.879) 178.423 mph
34. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 50.575s (-2.012) 177.954 mph
35. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 50.633s (-2.070) 177.750 mph
36. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 50.659s (-2.096) 177.658 mph
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 50.671s (-2.108) 177.616 mph
38. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 50.678s (-2.115) 177.592 mph
39. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 50.740s (-2.177) 177.375 mph
40. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 50.740s (-2.177) 177.375 mph
41. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 50.866s (-2.303) 176.936 mph
42. #30 David Stremme Toyota 50.890s (-2.327) 176.852 mph
43. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 50.916s (-2.353) 176.762 mph
44. #10 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 50.924s (-2.361) 176.734 mph
45. #191 Reed Sorenson Ford 51.049s (-2.486) 176.301 mph
46. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 51.147s (-2.584) 175.963 mph



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