NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis Sunday -- the second time he's won qualifying this year and the 11th time in his career as he looks to mirror that result when the green flag is waved tomorrow.
Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota blew away second-place finisher Carl Edwards, by NASCAR standards, with Hamlin's time at 49.244 seconds and Edwards' time at 49.455 seconds, according to results posted at NASCAR.com.
Hamlin is hoping to continue his momentum into the Brickyard 400. Prerace coverage gets under way at noon EDT.
"I think, if you put me out front on the last run, no one's going to get around me," Hamlin said. "So it's all going to be about maintaining track position and maintaining the balance of your race car. I've been good here before and not been able to pass."
Hamlin added: "[T]here's always been about two cars, in every single race here, that's been capable of passing. Everyone else just kind of runs where they're at. All you can do is hope that you've got a fast enough car to be one of those two, where, if you do get set back, you can be one of the cars that can get back to the front."
Edwards' second-place finish in qualifying comes with new crew chief Chad Norris, who replaced Bob Osborne this month, as noted by Yahoo Sports.
Following Edwards was Joey Logano with a time of 49.517 seconds. Rounding out the top five were Brickyard 400 rookie Alric Almirola (49.538 seconds) and Greg Biffle (49.578 seconds.)
You can view the entire NASCAR Brickyard 400 qualifying results here.
NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has been feeling pressure for failing to back up his high profile with a Sprint Cup championship, qualified in 20th place. Earnhardt is second in the Sprint Cup standings.
"We didn't have a good race car in qualifying trim, and it showed today," Earnhardt told NASCAR.com. "But we have a good car in race trim, and we'll race good."
The Brickyard 400 can be seen Sunday on ESPN.