The Bank of America 500 will have a decidedly Joe Gibbs Racing look on the front two rows. JGR took 3 out of the 4 front positions, led by Denny Hamlin earning his first pole of the season.
Hamlin averaged 191.598 mph in qualifying. Teammate Matt Kenseth is joining Hamlin on the front row. He averaged a speed of 191.489.
“Today, we adjusted on it and we were a little bit better each round and had some good results,” Hamlin told Motorsport.com. “Any mile-and-a-half track you go to, you want to have the No. 1 pit stall, you want to be out in clean air.”
Grabbing the pole keeps Hamlin’s streak of winning a pole in each of his full-time Cup seasons. And for Toyota, it continues what has been a pretty dominant showing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season.
If there was a surprise to Friday’s qualifying, it was that playoff standings leader Martin Truex, Jr. failed to advance and will start Sunday’s race 17th.
Kevin Harvick is in the 3rd position, JGR’s Kyle Busch is in 4th.