Dover NASCAR: Denny Hamlin beats Martin Truex Jr to pole

Denny Hamlin earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole position of the 2015 season at Dover, in a top 12 shootout separated by just 0.260 seconds

Dover NASCAR: Denny Hamlin beats Martin Truex Jr to pole

Although Hamlin had taken pole for the non-championship All-Star race, which he won, his Dover result was his first top spot of the year in a standard qualifying session at a championship round.

He pumped in a 22.483s lap to fight off strong competition from home favourite Martin Truex Jr.

Truex is second in the Cup standings heading into Sunday's event, having led the most laps over the last two races, but is still searching for his and Furniture Row's first win of the season.

Kyle Larson was consistently near the top of the timesheets through the various sections of qualifying and will start third, ahead of Matt Kenseth who took pole for the last round at Charlotte.

The man who has taken the most poles in 2015 so far, Joey Logano, managed fifth, ahead of points leader Kevin Harvick.

Greg Biffle made a breakthrough at Charlotte last week, finishing second to Carl Edwards, and he lines up seventh after topping the first segment in qualifying, with Edwards this time trailing him in eighth.

A host of big names missed the final segment of qualifying, headlined by Jimmie Johnson.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver is aiming to become the fifth driver in series history to post double digit wins at a single circuit. He currently has nine at Dover, and the 10th will have to come from 14th on the grid.

Just in front of Johnson was Stewart-Haas driver Kurt Busch, who came out late in the second segment to try and improve his time, but couldn't do so and starts 13th.

Johnson's team-mate Dale Earnhardt Jr will start 16th as he too missed the shootout. He claimed a place in the second segment at the expense of another of his Hendrick team-mates, Kasey Kahne, who missed out by one spot in 25th.

Also missing the chance to advance to the second instalment was AJ Allmendinger. He'll roll off 29th for Sunday's race, having started on the front row at Dover twice in his NASCAR career.

Jeff Green and Travis Kvapil missed out on qualifying for the race.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.483s -
2 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 22.539s 0.056s
3 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.545s 0.062s
4 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.546s 0.063s
5 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 22.557s 0.074s
6 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 22.571s 0.088s
7 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 22.573s 0.090s
8 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.609s 0.126s
9 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 22.635s 0.152s
10 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.645s 0.162s
11 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.683s 0.200s
12 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22.743s 0.260s
13 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 22.657s -
14 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.668s -
15 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 22.690s -
16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.716s -
17 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22.747s -
18 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22.760s -
19 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 22.761s -
20 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 22.764s -
21 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 22.771s -
22 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.773s -
23 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 22.773s -
24 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 22.830s -
25 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.746s -
26 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 22.773s -
27 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22.779s -
28 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 22.832s -
29 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 22.834s -
30 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 22.886s -
31 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 22.912s -
32 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 22.922s -
33 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 22.980s -
34 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 22.983s -
35 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 22.985s -
36 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 23.114s -
37 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 23.205s -
38 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 23.296s -
39 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 23.310s -
40 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 23.342s -
41 Brendan Gaughan Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 23.445s -
42 Mike Bliss Go FAS Racing Ford 23.471s -
43 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 23.579s -
44 Travis Kvapil Circle Sport Chevrolet 23.189s -
45 Jeff Green The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 23.535s -

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