Hamlin captures pole with record lap
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Denny Hamlin isn't ready to say he's back, even after winning the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 with a record-setting qualifying lap Thursday night.
He said it would take a win Sunday night or at another Sprint Cup race later in the season before he's willing to make that declaration.
But 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.
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CONCORD, N.C.--For Denny Hamlin, Thursday night's qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway felt like a victory--and it came from pushing his car to the absolute limit.
Hamlin, who missed four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season because of a compression fraction to his first lumbar vertebra, took advantage of a lightning-fast car and a late draw to win the pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 in record time. (MORE)
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