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Denny Hamlin Lands Talladega Cup Series Pole

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Wednesday, 21 April 2021 06:15

TALLADEGA, Ala. – NASCAR Cup Series point leader Denny Hamlin will lead the field to green for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway.

Hamlin, the driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing who is seeking his first victory of the season, received the Busch Pole Award courtesy of the highest metric score among the 40 cars entered to compete.

Lap speed is weighted at 15 percent, previous race finish at 25 percent for the driver and owner results and owner points position at 35 percent to calculate the final metric score.

Hamlin earned the pole with a metric score of 1.5, factoring in his recent runner-up finish at Richmond Raceway, the fastest lap from that event and his top seeding in the point standings after nine of 36 races this season.

He’ll be joined on the front row by Team Penske driver Joey Logano, with Martin Truex Jr. and William Byron sharing the second row of the grid.

Richmond winner Alex Bowman starts fifth, followed by Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.

NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Harrison Burton, making his NASCAR Cup Series debut Sunday with Gaunt Brothers Racing, starts 39th for Sunday’s 500-mile race.

To view the full starting lineup and metric qualifying breakdown, click here.

Sunday’s GEICO 500 is scheduled for a 2 p.m. ET start, with live coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

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