Sunday, July 14, 2024

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Hamlin beats Berry and Bell to the pole position

Hamlin, who has won the last three races held on concrete tracks, is on pace for a fourth straight victory on the 1.33-mile track.

On a scorching hot day, Hamlin was the last driver eliminated in the ultimate round, but still managed to show within the fastest lap of the day at 160.354 mph to overtake his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell for the pole position (159.845 mph).

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The Pole is Hamlin's second pole position within the 2024 season and the forty second in his profession. The driver of JGR's No. 11 Toyota has three wins this season, but has finished twenty fourth or higher within the last three races.

“We had to work on our balance a little bit, but the speed was there,” Hamlin said. “Really pleased with this team. They brought an ideal automotive today, and I’m glad we were in a position to capitalize on that.

“The driver didn't do very well in the qualifying sessions this year. But to get a good copy today, this box number 1 will help us.”

Due to latest NASCAR procedures, Josh Berry will start the race from the front row, followed by Bell, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, Ty Gibbs, Chris Buescher and Austin Cindric.

Gibbs was the fastest in Saturday's practice.

Round 1 / Group B

The JGR duo of Hamlin and Bell led the way in which within the second session, with Hamlin topping the leaderboard with a mean lap speed of 159.536 mph – then the fastest of the day.

Bell finished second at 159.483 mph, with Byron third at 158.753 mph.

Buescher and Keselowski also advanced to the ultimate round of qualifying.

Among those that didn’t advance were Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch.

Justin Haley didn’t participate in Saturday's qualifying. After passing preliminary inspection, the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Ford was penalized for making an unapproved correction.

The team may even lose pit stop selection, and automotive boss JR Norris was ejected from the track. In addition, Haley can have to start out Sunday's race from the back of the sphere and take a pit stop penalty after passing the green flag.

Round 1 / Group A

Larson, the last automotive in the primary group, climbed to the highest of the leaderboard with a mean lap speed of 159.414 mph.

Berry finished second (159.133 mph) and Reddick got here in third (159.101 mph).

Gibbs – who was fastest in practice – and Cindric also advanced to the ultimate round of qualifying.

Among those that didn’t advance were Alex Bowman, Michael McDowell, reigning series champion Ryan Blaney and last yr's race winner Ross Chastain.

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