Denny Hamlin Bags Pole: Starting Line-up for NASCAR Cup Series Race at Homestead-Miami

Published 02/24/2021, 11:49 PM EST
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 16: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, stands in the garage area during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


This weekend, the NASCAR paddock will head to the Homestead-Miami Speedway. For the third race of the season, Denny Hamlin broke the streak of Hendrick poles. Starting alongside him on the front row will be Joey Logano for the Team Penske outfit. Last weekend’s winner, Christopher Bell will start third, ahead of Kevin Harvick in the Stewart-Haas.

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It is also worth mentioning that Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano are first and second in the championship. So, the front row lockout will be a massive boost for their hopes. Lining up on Row 3 will be Kurt Busch and Michael McDowell respectively, ahead of Brad Keselowski and Ryan Preece. Completing the top 10 will be Martin Truex Jr and Cole Custer, for Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas, respectively.

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How does the rest of the pack line up behind Denny Hamlin?

Chase Elliott will undoubtedly be horribly disappointed to miss out on a top-10 slot. The defending champion will share the sixth row with the #17 car of Chris Buescher. Behind them in 13th and 14 places will be Alex Bowman and Ryan Blaney, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Aric Almirola behind them.

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A displeased Kyle Larson will start the race in 17th place ahead of Erik Jones. 23XI Racing’s Bubba Wallace will line up on the grid in 19th, with Justin Haley propping the tail of the top 20. Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon will not be too thrilled to start in 21st and 22nd places, while Kyle Busch will be all the way back in 24th.

It gets even worse for William Byron who missed out on a top 30 position. The final Hendrick Motorsports driver will line up just ahead of Ross Chastain. It is worth mentioning that only 38 cars are competing in this race, as opposed to the usual 40.

With a field this fierce, Denny Hamlin will likely have his hands full with all his rivals chasing him.

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