Denny Hamlin won the pole for tomorrow’s Crown Royal Presents The Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard.

Hamlin set the pace after putting down a lap of 182.763 mph in his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, aided greatly by a cloud that came over Indianapolis Motor Speedway and cooled the track during his qualifying lap.

Carl Edwards, in his first race with new crew chief Chad Norris, had an excellent lap as well, running 181.984 mph in his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. “This track is just so temperature sensitive right now,” said Edwards, who qualified second.

Joey Logano made it two JGR Toyotas in the top three, as he qualified 181.756 mph.

Aric Almirola was fourth in a Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, followed by Greg Biffle in a second Roush entry.

The second five was Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth.


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