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Denny Hamlin captures second straight Fontana pole

  • Danica Patrick checks data as she sits in her car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Danica Patrick checks data as she sits in her car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Clint Bowyer practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Clint Bowyer practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Denny Hamlin, right, the talks with Kyle Busch in the garage area after taking the pole position in his FedEx Express Toyota for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Auto Club 400 auto race in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Denny Hamlin, right, the talks with Kyle Busch in the garage area after taking the pole position in his FedEx Express Toyota for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Auto Club 400 auto race in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Denny Hamlin, right, the talks with Kyle Busch in the garage area after taking the pole position in his FedEx Express Toyota for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Auto Club 400 auto race in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Denny Hamlin, right, the talks with Kyle Busch in the garage area after taking the pole position in his FedEx Express Toyota for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Auto Club 400 auto race in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Danica Patrick checks data as she sits in her car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
  • Clint Bowyer practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
  • Denny Hamlin, right, the talks with Kyle Busch in the garage area after taking the pole position in his FedEx Express Toyota for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Auto Club 400 auto race in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
  • Denny Hamlin, right, the talks with Kyle Busch in the garage area after taking the pole position in his FedEx Express Toyota for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Auto Club 400 auto race in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Denny Hamlin won the pole for the second straight year at Fontana, turning a lap of 187.451 mph in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Greg Biffle finished second and Brad Keselowski was third in yesterday’s qualifying session, but they’ll start at the back after engine changes.

Hamlin earned his first pole of the season and the 13th of his career. He won three last year, and has won the pole three times at Auto Club Speedway.

Biffle was right behind at 187.217 mph in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Keselowski was third, beating Kyle Busch’s 187.130 mph in fourth place.

But Biffle and Keselowski both had engine issues in practice.

Defending champion Tony Stewart qualified eighth.

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