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NASCAR starting lineup at Dover: Denny Hamlin wins pole, field set for Dydene 400

Sporting News — (Bill Marx)

Denny Hamlin celebrated his upcoming 500th start in the Cup series by winning the pole Saturday for Sunday’s Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Hamlin turned in a fast lap of 166.984 mph for his second pole of the season and the 32nd of his career.

Hamlin, in his 15th Cup season, will become the 43rd driver to start 500 races in the Cup series when he takes the green flag Sunday at the 1-mile oval. Kyle Larson (166.960) will start second.

“I got him (Larson), I’m so happy I beat him,” Hamlin told NBCSN, per NBCSports.com. “To have that lap there, it was a really good lap for us. I knew when I ran it that it was solid.”

Martin Truex Jr. (166.205), who won the Dover race in May and leads the series with six wins, will start third. Kevin Harvick (165.998) and Chase Elliott (165.937) round out the top five. All five drivers are in the playoffs.

The pole was Hamlin’s fourth at Dover, but he has never won there. He did finish second in this race last year and has four top-five finishes at the Monster Mile in 27 starts.

“This is probably as optimistic as I’ve been going into a Dover race because we’ve really dedicated so much time working on my technique around this race track and figuring out what I need to do to be successful. I’m still learning, even for start No. 500,” Hamlin told NBCSN.

Rounding out the top 10 are William Byron (165.738), Aric Almirola (165.670), Erik Jones (165.616), Kurt Busch (165.388) and Ryan Blaney (165.282).

Drydene 400 Starting Lineup

Start    Driver Car 
1Denny Hamlin11
2Kyle Larson42
3Martin Truex Jr.19
4Kevin Harvick4
5Chase Elliott9
6William Byron24
7Aric Almirola10
8Erik Jones20
9Kurt Busch1
10Ryan Blaney12
11Jimmie Johnson48
12Alex Bowman88
13Paul Menard21
14Joey Logano22
15Daniel Suarez41
16Brad Keselowski2
17Clint Bowyer14
18Kyle Busch18
19Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17
20Matt DiBenedetto95
21David Ragan38
22Chris Buescher37
23Matt Tifft36
24Ryan Newman6
25Ty Dillon13
26Bubba Wallace43
27Austin Dillon3
28Michael McDowell34
29Corey Lajoie32
30Landon Cassill00
31Daniel Hemric8
32Ryan Preece47
33BJ McLeod51
34Ross Chastain15
55JJ Yeley2
36Joe Nemechek27
37Garrett Smithley54
38Reed Sorenson77

What time does the Drydene 400 start?

Live coverage for Sunday's Drydene 400 begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.

What channel is the Drydene 400 on?

The Drydene 400 will be televised nationally on NBCSN. The race also can be live-streamed on the NBC Sports App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial . The radio broadcast can be heard on MRN.