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Hamlin wins pole at Dover International Speedway; takes top spot for 2nd straight race

Denny Hamlin turned a lap of 157.978 mph to win the pole at Dover International Speedway.

Hamlin followed up his pole last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the top speed on Friday and his 15th career pole.

Martin Truex Jr., who won his only career Cup race at Dover, joins Hamlin on the front row. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman round out the top five.

Points leader Jimmie Johnson starts 24th.

Hamlin showed he continues to be on the mend after being sidelined for four races with a compression fracture in his lower spine following a March 24 crash involving former teammate Joey Logano.