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Hamlin Fastest In Cup Qualifying At The Glen

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Denny Hamlin won the pole for Sunday’s Cup Series race at The Glen. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

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Denny Hamlin won the pole for Sunday’s Go Bowling Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Watkins Glen International road course on Saturday.

Hamlin covered the 2.45-mile distance in 70.260 seconds (125.534 mph), edging Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch (125.427 mph) by .060 seconds.

First-round leader Chase Elliott was third fastest in the final session at 125.421 mph, just .003 seconds slower than Busch.

“I had a great day today, and hopefully we can cap it off tomorrow,” said Hamlin,  driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Hamlin found NASCAR’s enhanced schedule helpful—with two practice sessions and qualifying on the same day.

“I typically haven’t qualified well here,” Hamlin said. “A lot of it is because we (traditionally) qualify on a different day than we practice. I think today, being able to use those repetitions and still be hot from practice and have things fresh in your mind—I just got a little faster each round, so that helped.”

Busch is considered a favorite on Sunday.

“He’s usually pretty good at this stuff,” Hamlin acknowledged. “But once the 9 (Elliott) and the 18 had gone, and I went behind them, and he (crew chief Mike Wheeler) said we were P1, I felt that we had a good shot at.

“But it’s amazing to me how well Kyle hits his marks and doesn’t make mistakes, especially on a one-lap qualifying get-it-done moment.”

The starting positions won’t be official until NASCAR inspects the cars before Sunday’s race.

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Unofficial Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Go Bowling at The Glen

Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen, New York

Saturday, August 4, 2018

  1. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 125.534 mph.
  2. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 125.427 mph.
  3. (9)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 125.421 mph.
  4. (78)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 125.252 mph.
  5. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 124.775 mph.
  6. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 124.715 mph.
  7. (10)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 124.541 mph.
  8. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 124.416 mph.
  9. (20)  Erik Jones, Toyota, 124.406 mph.
  10. (95)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 124.406 mph.
  11. (12)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 124.311 mph.
  12. (34)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 124.280 mph.
  13. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 124.077 mph.
  14. (21)  Paul Menard, Ford, 123.970 mph.
  15. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 123.944 mph.
  16. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 123.934 mph.
  17. (24)  William Byron #, Chevrolet, 123.887 mph.
  18. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 123.883 mph.
  19. (14)  Clint Bowyer, Ford, 123.857 mph.
  20. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 123.819 mph.
  21. (41)  Kurt Busch, Ford, 123.816 mph.
  22. (37)  Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 123.816 mph.
  23. (19)  Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 123.706 mph.
  24. (88)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 123.552 mph.
  25. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 123.519 mph.
  26. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 123.203 mph.
  27. (38)  David Ragan, Ford, 123.155 mph.
  28. (6)  Matt Kenseth, Ford, 122.720 mph.
  29. (96)  Parker Kligerman(i), Toyota, 122.435 mph.
  30. (32)  Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 122.159 mph.
  31. (43)  Bubba Wallace #, Chevrolet, 122.120 mph.
  32. (13)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 121.944 mph.
  33. (72)  Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 121.169 mph.
  34. (15)  Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 120.105 mph.
  35. (51)  Josh Bilicki(i), Ford, 119.593 mph.
  36. (23)  Spencer Gallagher(i), Toyota, 119.498 mph.
  37. (00)  Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 117.704 mph.
| , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 4 2018
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