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Hamlin wins pole at Martinsville; Johnson second

  • Denny Hamlin climbs out of his car during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Hamlin won the pole. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Denny Hamlin climbs out of his car during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Hamlin won the pole. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

  • Denny Hamlin watches the scoreboard during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Hamlin won the pole. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Denny Hamlin watches the scoreboard during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Hamlin won the pole. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

  • Jimmie Johnson talks with his crew during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Jimmie Johnson talks with his crew during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

  • Matt Kenseth helps push his car on pit row during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Matt Kenseth helps push his car on pit row during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

  • Denny Hamlin climbs out of his car during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Hamlin won the pole. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
  • Denny Hamlin watches the scoreboard during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Hamlin won the pole. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
  • Jimmie Johnson talks with his crew during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
  • Matt Kenseth helps push his car on pit row during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Denny Hamlin won the pole position yesterday for tomorrow’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin led the way as 18 drivers broke Jimmie Johnson’s track qualifying record with a speed of 99.595 mph. Johnson, the points leader who set the mark in April, and Kyle Busch tied for second at 99.344 mph, with Johnson getting the second spot based on the owner points tiebreaker.

Matt Kenseth, a teammate of Hamlin and Busch who trails Johnson by just four points in the championship battle with four races left, will start fourth, meaning the five-time series champion and Hendrick Motorsports star will be surrounded by teammates from Joe Gibbs Racing at the green flag tomorrow.

The pole is the 17th of Hamlin’s career and his career-best fifth this season.

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