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Hamlin captures Dover pole

– Denny Hamlin turned a lap of 159.299 mph Saturday to win the pole at Dover International Speedway.

Hamlin has been open in his disdain for the 1-mile concrete oval and knew he’d have to conquer his Dover demons to keep his driven bid for his first career Cup championship rolling along.

“We’ve got a car that’s very capable of staying in the front and hopefully we’ll have a shot to win,” Hamlin said.

Hamlin is six points behind Brad Keselowski and seven points behind leader Jimmie Johnson, who will start 11th today.

Nine other Chase for the Sprint Cup championship drivers filled the top 13. Clint Bowyer starts second and Martin Truex Jr. is third. Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon start sixth and seventh. Kasey Kahne, Keselowski, Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick are ninth through 13th. Tony Stewart starts 24th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 25th.

NATIONWIDE: In Dover, Del., Joey Logano dominated on the concrete to win at Dover International Speedway. He raced to his series-leading 16th victory of the season in NASCAR’s second-tier circuit.

Paul Menard was second, followed by Michael Annett, points leader Elliott Sadler and Kyle Busch.

Darrell Wallace Jr. finished 12th after winning the pole. He is the first black driver to win a NASCAR pole in the Nationwide Series.

NHRA: In Madison, Ill., Antron Brown raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel at the NHRA Midwest Nationals. He took his third No. 1 qualifying position of the season with his Friday track-record performance of 3.737 seconds at 326.79 mph.

Jack Beckman topped the Funny Car field, Jason Line led Pro Stock qualifying, and Hector Arana Jr. was the fasted in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

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