Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch in JGR Front Row at Pocono

(LONG POND, PA – July 23, 2022 – RIS) Denny Hamlin pipped Kyle Busch for the pole position in the M&Ms Fan Appreciation 400 by 0.154 second on the triangular speedway just 90 minutes from both Philadelphia and New York City.

LONG POND, PA – RIS - It took a lap of  169.991 miles per hour in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to put Denny Hamlin on the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup series race at Pocono Raceway on Saturday. Teammate Kyle Busch will start on the front row with him-a Joe Gibbs Toyota accomplishment

“We just made some big strides from practice, honestly,” Hamlin said. “That was the biggest thing. The team just did a phenomenal job getting this thing ready for qualifying, I made some adjustments, and it was all better.”

Hendrick Motorsports claimed Row 2 with Chase Elliott (169.364 mph) and reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Larson (169.014 mph). Row 3 features Chris Buescher (168.922 mph) and Ryan Blaney (168.360 mph). Bubba Wallace (168.312 mph) and Martin Truex Jr. (167.976 mph) make up Row 4, followed by Daniel Suarez (167.942 mph) and Kurt Busch in Row 5.

Kurt Busch may not be able to claim that spot on Sunday. His qualifying attempt ended before it began, as he lost control of his No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota on his warm-up lap and crashed into the Turn 3 SAFER Barrier.  If he goes to a backup car, he will have to start at the rear of the field.

Another driver who may be going to the back is William Byron.  Hendrick Motorsports has confirmed he will go to the rear on Sunday. That’s due to impending repairs to the “underneath portion” of his car, which the team says was damaged during a spin in his preceding group practice session.

Busch spun out of the third turn in Round Two of qualifying, sending the team to the garage for the backup car, after a hard impact with the right rear corner of the car. 

Practice: 49th Annual M&Ms Fan Appreciation 400, Pocono Raceway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 53.661 sec, 167.720 mph, 5, 14, ---.---, ---.---
2) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Rheem Toyota, 53.688, 167.635, 2, 12, -0.027, -0.027
3) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 CommScope Chevrolet, 53.781, 167.345, 4, 9, -0.120, -0.093
4) Kurt Busch, No. 45 McDonald's Toyota, 53.808, 167.261, 2, 12, -0.147, -0.027
5) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 53.833, 167.184, 4, 6, -0.172, -0.025
6) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 53.891, 167.004, 5, 12, -0.230, -0.058
7) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&Ms Toyota, 53.918, 166.920, 1, 13, -0.257, -0.027
8) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Sheetz Chevrolet, 53.920, 166.914, 7, 11, -0.259, -0.002
9) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 53.921, 166.911, 6, 9, -0.260, -0.001
10) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 53.948, 166.827, 2, 19, -0.287, -0.027
11) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, 54.092, 166.383, 2, 8, -0.431, -0.144
12) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 DoorDash Toyota, 54.125, 166.282, 1, 7, -0.464, -0.033
13) William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, 54.173, 166.134, 7, 9, -0.512, -0.048
14) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 DeWalt Toyota, 54.176, 166.125, 5, 12, -0.515, -0.003
15) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Keystone Light Ford, 54.181, 166.110, 7, 8, -0.520, -0.005
16) Joey Logano, No. 22 Verizon Frontline Ford, 54.266, 165.850, 2, 14, -0.605, -0.085
17) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Wyndham Resorts Ford, 54.284, 165.795, 4, 12, -0.623, -0.018
18) Austin Dillon, No. 3 BREZTRI Chevrolet, 54.303, 165.737, 12, 12, -0.642, -0.019
19) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/SweetLeaf Chevrolet, 54.362, 165.557, 5, 11, -0.701, -0.059
20) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford, 54.410, 165.411, 2, 11, -0.749, -0.048
21) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Fr8Auctions.com Ford, 54.454, 165.277, 4, 6, -0.793, -0.044
22) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 54.499, 165.141, 5, 13, -0.838, -0.045
23) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, 54.521, 165.074, 5, 11, -0.860, -0.022
24) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 54.553, 164.977, 2, 7, -0.892, -0.032
25) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 WWE SummerSlam on Peacock Chevrolet, 54.559, 164.959, 2, 8, -0.898, -0.006
26) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Big Dog Energy Chevrolet, 54.562, 164.950, 2, 12, -0.901, -0.003
27) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Haas Automation Ford, 54.603, 164.826, 2, 14, -0.942, -0.041
28) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Duracell Ford, 54.607, 164.814, 6, 7, -0.946, -0.004
29) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 A&W Root Beer Float Ford, 54.700, 164.534, 7, 9, -1.039, -0.093
30) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light Apple #BuschTrickyTrivia Ford, 54.707, 164.513, 4, 9, -1.046, -0.007
31) Noah Gragson(i), No. 16 Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet, 54.752, 164.378, 10, 11, -1.091, -0.045
32) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 54.785, 164.279, 7, 8, -1.124, -0.033
33) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 54.991, 163.663, 4, 8, -1.330, -0.206
34) JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Ford, 55.228, 162.961, 5, 7, -1.567, -0.237
35) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Zeigler Auto/Rich Mar Florist Chevrolet, 55.299, 162.752, 5, 11, -1.638, -0.071
36) BJ McLeod(i), No. 78 Surface Sunscreen Ford, 55.623, 161.804, 4, 4, -1.962, -0.324
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos, Driver, Car, From Lap, To Lap, Avg Speed
1) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 2, 11, 166.509
2) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&Ms Toyota, 1, 10, 165.846
3) Kurt Busch, No. 45 McDonald's Toyota, 1, 10, 165.739
4) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Wyndham Resorts Ford, 1, 10, 164.884
(* Car must run 10 consecutive laps)

Time Trial Results: 49th Annual M&Ms Fan Appreciation 400, Pocono Raceway
Round 1A
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, -Fastest, -Next
1) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&Ms Toyota, 53.173, 169.259, 0.000, 0.000
2) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Wyndham Resorts Ford, 53.522, 168.155, 0.349, 0.349
3) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 53.532, 168.124, 0.359, 0.010
4) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 DeWalt Toyota, 53.577, 167.983, 0.404, 0.045
5) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Duracell Ford, 53.601, 167.907, 0.428, 0.024
6) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford, 53.655, 167.738, 0.482, 0.054
7) Austin Dillon, No. 3 BREZTRI Chevrolet, 53.678, 167.666, 0.505, 0.023
8) William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, 53.835, 167.177, 0.662, 0.157
9) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/SweetLeaf Chevrolet, 53.878, 167.044, 0.705, 0.043
10) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Keystone Light Ford, 53.921, 166.911, 0.748, 0.043
11) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light Apple #BuschTrickyTrivia Ford, 54.020, 166.605, 0.847, 0.099
12) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Fr8Auctions.com Ford, 54.049, 166.516, 0.876, 0.029
13) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Big Dog Energy Chevrolet, 54.140, 166.236, 0.967, 0.091
14) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, 54.197, 166.061, 1.024, 0.057
15) JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Ford, 54.769, 164.327, 1.596, 0.572
16) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 54.816, 164.186, 1.643, 0.047
17) BJ McLeod(i), No. 78 Surface Sunscreen Ford, 55.625, 161.798, 2.452, 0.809
18) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 56.166, 160.239, 2.993, 0.541
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Round 1B
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, -Fastest, -Next
1) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, 53.145, 169.348, 0.000, 0.000
2) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 53.237, 169.055, 0.092, 0.092
3) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 DoorDash Toyota, 53.410, 168.508, 0.265, 0.173
4) Kurt Busch, No. 45 McDonald's Toyota, 53.444, 168.401, 0.299, 0.034
5) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 CommScope Chevrolet, 53.473, 168.309, 0.328, 0.029
6) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Rheem Toyota, 53.550, 168.067, 0.405, 0.077
7) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Haas Automation Ford, 53.620, 167.848, 0.475, 0.070
8) Joey Logano, No. 22 Verizon Frontline Ford, 53.669, 167.695, 0.524, 0.049
9) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Sheetz Chevrolet, 53.708, 167.573, 0.563, 0.039
10) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 53.834, 167.181, 0.689, 0.126
11) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 53.984, 166.716, 0.839, 0.150
12) Noah Gragson(i), No. 16 Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet, 54.000, 166.667, 0.855, 0.016
13) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 WWE SummerSlam on Peacock Chevrolet, 54.009, 166.639, 0.864, 0.009
14) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 54.061, 166.479, 0.916, 0.052
15) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 A&W Root Beer Float Ford, 54.221, 165.987, 1.076, 0.160
16) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 54.440, 165.320, 1.295, 0.219
17) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Zeigler Auto/Rich Mar Florist Chevrolet, 54.639, 164.718, 1.494, 0.199
18) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 54.763, 164.345, 1.618, 0.124
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Round 2
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, -Fastest, -Next
1) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, 52.944, 169.991, 0.000, 0.000
2) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&Ms Toyota, 53.098, 169.498, 0.154, 0.154
3) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 53.140, 169.364, 0.196, 0.042
4) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 53.250, 169.014, 0.306, 0.110
5) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Wyndham Resorts Ford, 53.279, 168.922, 0.335, 0.029
6) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Duracell Ford, 53.457, 168.360, 0.513, 0.178
7) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 DoorDash Toyota, 53.472, 168.312, 0.528, 0.015
8) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 DeWalt Toyota, 53.579, 167.976, 0.635, 0.107
9) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 CommScope Chevrolet, 53.590, 167.942, 0.646, 0.011
10) Kurt Busch, No. 45 McDonald's Toyota, 0.000, 0.000, -----, -----
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Starting Line Up: 49th Annual M&Ms Fan Appreciation 400 - Pocono Raceway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, 52.944 sec, 169.991 mph
2) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&Ms Toyota, 53.098, 169.498
3) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 53.140, 169.364
4) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 53.250, 169.014
5) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Wyndham Resorts Ford, 53.279, 168.922
6) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Duracell Ford, 53.457, 168.360
7) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 DoorDash Toyota, 53.472, 168.312
8) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 DeWalt Toyota, 53.579, 167.976
9) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 CommScope Chevrolet, 53.590, 167.942
10) Kurt Busch, No. 45 McDonald's Toyota, 0.000, 0.000
11) Christopher Bell, No. 20 Rheem Toyota, 53.550, 168.067
12) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Haas Automation Ford, 53.620, 167.848
13) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford, 53.655, 167.738
14) Joey Logano, No. 22 Verizon Frontline Ford, 53.669, 167.695
15) Austin Dillon, No. 3 BREZTRI Chevrolet, 53.678, 167.666
16) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Sheetz Chevrolet, 53.708, 167.573
17) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 53.834, 167.181
18) William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, 53.835, 167.177
19) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/SweetLeaf Chevrolet, 53.878, 167.044
20) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Keystone Light Ford, 53.921, 166.911
21) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 53.984, 166.716
22) Noah Gragson(i), No. 16 Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet, 54.000, 166.667
23) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 WWE SummerSlam on Peacock Chevrolet, 54.009, 166.639
24) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light Apple #BuschTrickyTrivia Ford, 54.020, 166.605
25) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Fr8Auctions.com Ford, 54.049, 166.516
26) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 54.061, 166.479
27) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Big Dog Energy Chevrolet, 54.140, 166.236
28) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, 54.197, 166.061
29) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 A&W Root Beer Float Ford, 54.221, 165.987
30) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 54.440, 165.320
31) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Zeigler Auto/Rich Mar Florist Chevrolet, 54.639, 164.718
32) Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 54.763, 164.345
33) JJ Yeley(i), No. 15 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Ford, 54.769, 164.327
34) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 54.816, 164.186
35) BJ McLeod(i), No. 78 Surface Sunscreen Ford, 55.625, 161.798
36) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 56.166, 160.239
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Larson, 08/03/14 - 49.062 sec, 183.438 mph

John Davison

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