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Cup: Dover - Qualifying times

Denny Hamlin posted the best time in qualifying to clinch pole position for this weekend's third Chase outing of the 2012 season, at a circuit that he's never found to his liking before.
Denny Hamlin shrugged off doubts that Dover International Speedway might be his Chase Achilles heel and instead put the #11 car into pole position for Sunday's AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Hamlin's lap of 22.599s (159.299 mph) on the one-mile oval was just five thousandths of a second faster than Michael Waltrip Racing's Clint Bowyer, who will start alongside the Joe Gibbs Racing car on the front row for the third Chase race of the 2012 season.

It's Hamlin's third pole of the current season and his 12th pole in 252 Cup starts. It's the first time in his Cup career that he will start from pole position at Dover, his best previous effort having been third place back in 2008.

David Stremme, Mike Bliss, Jason Leffler, Cole Whitt, Kelly Bires all failed to qualify for the 43-car grid based on their times, but Danica Patrick qualified the #10 in 38th place for the race.

Qualifying times

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 22.599s (Leader) 159.299mph
2. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 22.604s (-0.005) 159.264mph
3. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 22.613s (-0.014) 159.201mph
4. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 22.676s (-0.077) 158.758mph
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 22.689s (-0.090) 158.667mph
6. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 22.707s (-0.108) 158.541mph
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 22.721s (-0.122) 158.444mph
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 22.742s (-0.143) 158.297mph
9. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 22.748s (-0.149) 158.256mph
10. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 22.763s (-0.164) 158.151mph
11. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 22.772s (-0.173) 158.089mph
12. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 22.786s (-0.187) 157.992mph
13. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 22.789s (-0.190) 157.971mph
14. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 22.789s (-0.190) 157.971mph
15. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 22.792s (-0.193) 157.950mph
16. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 22.811s (-0.212) 157.819mph
17. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 22.816s (-0.217) 157.784mph
18. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 22.835s (-0.236) 157.653mph
19. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 22.842s (-0.243) 157.604mph
20. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 22.936s (-0.337) 156.958mph
21. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 22.941s (-0.342) 156.924mph
22. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 22.955s (-0.356) 156.829mph
23. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 22.984s (-0.385) 156.631mph
24. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 22.989s (-0.390) 156.597mph
25. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 22.997s (-0.398) 156.542mph
26. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 23.005s (-0.406) 156.488mph
27. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 23.033s (-0.434) 156.298mph
28. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 23.043s (-0.444) 156.230mph
29. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 23.044s (-0.445) 156.223mph
30. #13 Casey Mears Ford 23.050s (-0.451) 156.182mph
31. #34 David Ragan Ford 23.074s (-0.475) 156.020mph
32. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 23.094s (-0.495) 155.885mph
33. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 23.120s (-0.521) 155.709mph
34. #195 Scott Speed Ford 23.160s (-0.561) 155.440mph
35. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 23.169s (-0.570) 155.380mph
36. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 23.188s (-0.589) 155.253mph
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 23.217s (-0.618) 155.059mph
38. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 23.222s (-0.623) 155.025mph
39. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 23.279s (-0.680) 154.646mph
40. #36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 23.293s (-0.694) 154.553mph
41. #32 T.J. Bell + Ford 23.349s (-0.750) 154.182mph
42. #38 David Gilliland + Ford 23.424s (-0.825) 153.689mph
43. #37 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 23.222s (-0.623) 155.025mph

Did not qualify

44. #30 David Stremme Toyota 23.262s (-0.663) 154.759mph
45. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 23.280s (-0.681) 154.639mph
46. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 23.306s (-0.707) 154.467mph
47. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 23.416s (-0.817) 153.741mph
48. #179 Kelly Bires Ford 23.425s (-0.826) 153.682mph

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

Practice 2 times

1. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 23.115s (Leader) 155.743 mph
2. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 23.288s (-0.173) 154.586 mph
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 23.289s (-0.174) 154.579 mph
4. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 23.329s (-0.214) 154.314 mph
5. #30 David Stremme Toyota 23.489s (-0.374) 153.263 mph
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 23.491s (-0.376) 153.250 mph
7. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 23.493s (-0.378) 153.237 mph
8. #195 Scott Speed Ford 23.493s (-0.378) 153.237 mph
9. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 23.509s (-0.394) 153.133 mph
10. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 23.523s (-0.408) 153.042 mph
11. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 23.535s (-0.420) 152.964 mph
12. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 23.537s (-0.422) 152.951 mph
13. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 23.541s (-0.426) 152.925 mph
14. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 23.548s (-0.433) 152.879 mph
15. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 23.560s (-0.445) 152.801 mph
16. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 23.561s (-0.446) 152.795 mph
17. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 23.564s (-0.449) 152.775 mph
18. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 23.570s (-0.455) 152.736 mph
19. #34 David Ragan Ford 23.572s (-0.457) 152.724 mph
20. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 23.582s (-0.467) 152.659 mph
21. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 23.596s (-0.481) 152.568 mph
22. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 23.597s (-0.482) 152.562 mph
23. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 23.631s (-0.516) 152.342 mph
24. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 23.643s (-0.528) 152.265 mph
25. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 23.658s (-0.543) 152.168 mph
26. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 23.660s (-0.545) 152.156 mph
27. #179 Kelly Bires Ford 23.666s (-0.551) 152.117 mph
28. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 23.674s (-0.559) 152.066 mph
29. #13 Casey Mears Ford 23.690s (-0.575) 151.963 mph
30. #37 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 23.724s (-0.609) 151.745 mph
31. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 23.728s (-0.613) 151.719 mph
32. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 23.735s (-0.620) 151.675 mph
33. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 23.746s (-0.631) 151.605 mph
34. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 23.750s (-0.635) 151.579 mph
35. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 23.753s (-0.638) 151.560 mph
36. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 23.778s (-0.663) 151.400 mph
37. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 23.784s (-0.669) 151.362 mph
38. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 23.803s (-0.688) 151.241 mph
39. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 23.807s (-0.692) 151.216 mph
40. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 23.843s (-0.728) 150.988 mph
41. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 23.870s (-0.755) 150.817 mph
42. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 23.872s (-0.757) 150.804 mph
43. #36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 23.892s (-0.777) 150.678 mph
44. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 23.926s (-0.811) 150.464 mph
45. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 23.956s (-0.841) 150.275 mph
46. #38 David Gilliland Ford 23.981s (-0.866) 150.119 mph
47. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 24.005s (-0.890) 149.969 mph
48. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 24.189s (-1.074) 148.828 mph

Practice 1 times

1. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 22.918s (Leader) 157.082 mph
2. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 22.989s (-0.071) 156.597 mph
3. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 22.994s (-0.076) 156.563 mph
4. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 23.029s (-0.111) 156.325 mph
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 23.031s (-0.113) 156.311 mph
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 23.043s (-0.125) 156.230 mph
7. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 23.048s (-0.130) 156.196 mph
8. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 23.107s (-0.189) 155.797 mph
9. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 23.144s (-0.226) 155.548 mph
10. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 23.155s (-0.237) 155.474 mph
11. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 23.190s (-0.272) 155.239 mph
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 23.199s (-0.281) 155.179 mph
13. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 23.265s (-0.347) 154.739 mph
14. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 23.369s (-0.451) 154.050 mph
15. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 23.381s (-0.463) 153.971 mph
16. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 23.450s (-0.532) 153.518 mph
17. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 23.465s (-0.547) 153.420 mph
18. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 23.502s (-0.584) 153.178 mph
19. #13 Casey Mears Ford 23.506s (-0.588) 153.152 mph
20. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 23.524s (-0.606) 153.035 mph
21. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 23.524s (-0.606) 153.035 mph
22. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 23.526s (-0.608) 153.022 mph
23. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 23.533s (-0.615) 152.977 mph
24. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 23.552s (-0.634) 152.853 mph
25. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 23.565s (-0.647) 152.769 mph
26. #38 David Gilliland Ford 23.566s (-0.648) 152.762 mph
27. #37 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 23.576s (-0.658) 150.150 mph
28. #30 David Stremme Toyota 23.579s (-0.661) 152.678 mph
29. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 23.603s (-0.685) 152.523 mph
30. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 23.605s (-0.687) 152.510 mph
31. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 23.612s (-0.694) 152.465 mph
32. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 23.627s (-0.709) 152.368 mph
33. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 23.646s (-0.728) 152.246 mph
34. #195 Scott Speed Ford 23.652s (-0.734) 152.207 mph
35. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 23.683s (-0.765) 152.008 mph
36. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 23.688s (-0.770) 151.976 mph
37. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 23.707s (-0.789) 151.854 mph
38. #34 David Ragan Ford 23.707s (-0.789) 151.854 mph
39. #179 Kelly Bires Ford 23.717s (-0.799) 151.790 mph
40. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 23.720s (-0.802) 151.771 mph
41. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 23.746s (-0.828) 151.605 mph
42. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 23.755s (-0.837) 151.547 mph
43. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 23.758s (-0.840) 151.528 mph
44. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 23.775s (-0.857) 151.420 mph
45. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 23.779s (-0.861) 151.394 mph
46. #36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 23.976s (-1.058) 152.698 mph
47. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 23.988s (-1.070) 150.075 mph
48. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 24.206s (-1.288) 148.723 mph



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