FONTANA, CA - MARCH 22: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, poses after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2013 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

NASCAR: Denny Hamlin Wins Auto Club 400 Pole


Denny Hamlin hasn’t lacked on his publicity lately. This weekend he and Joey Logano are in the media hangover of their fued, but Hamlin also will gain much attention until the green flag falls on Sunday.

Hamlin ran the fastest lap of 38.410 seconds at 187.451 miles per hour. He and Clint Bowyer had been fastest in practices earlier today showing Toyota strength early on this weekend. Toyota has not won a Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway yet, but there could be a chance they do so this weekend.

Rounding out the top ten qualifiers for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 are: Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, and Kurt Busch.

Jimmie Johnson, who has a history of dominance in Fontana, qualified eighteenth. He will start just three positions behind teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. who qualified fifteenth.

Clint Bowyer was fastest in practice earlier in the day, but would only qualify thirteenth (38.945 seconds, 184.876 miles per hour).

Only forty-three cars were entered for this weekend races, so all will take the green flag.

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