NASCAR FedEx 400 in Dover starting lineup for Sprint Cup

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Joe Gibbs Racing’s stranglehold over the Sprint Cup continued on Friday afternoon as Denny Hamlin took the pole. It was his first pole of the season and the 21st of his career with a final speed of 160.121 mph during the final run.

Ironically enough, the FedEx Cares car will lead the way in the FedEx 400. Nope, that wasn’t set up at all.

The Toyota team won both races at Charlotte with Hamlin taking the Sprint All-Star race and Carl Edwards backflipping after the Coca-Cola 600. Ironically enough, Hamlin was on the pole during the All-Star event while JGR teammate Matt Kenseth was on the pole last Sunday.

Just behind the Gibbs driver was Martin Truex Jr., who has 11 top-10 finishes this season in 12 races. Bob Pockrass of ESPN noted just how astounding the last two weeks have been for Truex leading up to Dover:

While Truex’s Chevrolet was able to find speed, the Hendrick Motorsports cars struggled again during qualifying. Jimmie Johnson was the top car in the Hendrick stable and only qualified 14th. He has nine wins at the track, so Johnson should have no issues getting back up to the front despite not making the final round on Friday.

Here’s a look at the full lineup before the FedEx 400 on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Kyle Larson
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Greg Biffle
  8. Carl Edwards
  9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  10. Kyle Busch
  11. Jamie McMurray
  12. Austin Dillon
  13. Kurt Busch
  14. Jimmie Johnson
  15. David Ragan
  16. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  17. Ryan Newman
  18. Paul Menard
  19. Brad Keselowski
  20. Clint Bowyer
  21. Casey Mears
  22. Jeff Gordon
  23. Aric Almirola
  24. Justin Allgaier
  25. Kasey Kahne
  26. Tony Stewart
  27. Brian Scott
  28. Sam Hornish Jr.
  29. A.J. Allmendinger
  30. Alex Bowman
  31. Trevor Bayne
  32. David Gilliland
  33. Danica Patrick
  34. Michael Annett
  35. Jeb Burton
  36. Matt DiBenedetto
  37. Cole Whitt
  38. Brett Moffitt
  39. Josh Wise
  40. J.J. Yeley
  41. Brendan Gaughan
  42. Mike Bliss
  43. Landon Cassill


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