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NASCAR starting lineup at Michigan: Denny Hamlin wins second consecutive pole; Kyle Busch 2nd

Sporting News — (Thomas Lott)

Denny Hamlin won his second pole in as many weeks Friday as he swept all three rounds of qualifying at Michigan International Speedway for Sunday's Consumers Energy 400.

Hamlin was the fastest in practice and consistently the best in qualifying as well as this was the first time he has ever swept all three rounds.

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"The team gave me a great-driving car, one that was just easily able to consistently back up times after time," Hamlin told NBCSN. "We got faster on every run on the race track today."

A victory from the pole would continue Hamlin’s streak of at least one victory per year, starting with his 2006 rookie season.

"It is a very important streak," Hamlin told reporters. "I think about it. . . . I thought it was all over in 2013, the year that I broke my back (in a wreck at Auto Club Speedway), and we won in the final race of the season to keep the streak alive.

"You look back at the really great drivers of NASCAR, and they had long streaks, 10 years and above, of winning in a row, and you want to keep that going for sure. It’s important."

Kyle Busch will start second while Kevin Harvick will be third.

Daniel Suarez, who has been on a good run lately, wrecked on his qualifying lap and will start from the back. 

“I just got loose,” said Suarez, who had asked for adjustments after his car felt slightly tight in practice.

 

Chase Elliott, who earned his first career win last week at Watkins Glen, will start 21st in his 100th career race.

The Consumers Energy 400 can be seen at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used in this report.

NASCAR starting lineup at Consumers Energy 400

Position, (Car number), driver, manufacturer, speed
1. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 202.794 mph.
2. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 202.731 mph.
3. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 202.100 mph.
4. (20)  Erik Jones, Toyota, 201.805 mph.
5. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 201.748 mph.
6. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 201.658 mph.
7. (78)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 201.421 mph.
8. (12)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 201.309 mph.
9. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 201.230 mph.
10. (88)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 201.185 mph.
11. (10)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 200.524 mph.
12. (41)  Kurt Busch, Ford, 200.033 mph.
13. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 200.842 mph.
14. (21)  Paul Menard, Ford, 200.814 mph.
15. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 200.574 mph.
16. (14)  Clint Bowyer, Ford, 200.267 mph.
17. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 200.072 mph.
18. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 199.590 mph.
19. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 199.496 mph.
20. (24)  William Byron #, Chevrolet, 199.231 mph.
21. (9)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 199.077 mph.
22. (43)  Bubba Wallace #, Chevrolet, 197.721 mph.
23. (37)  Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 197.596 mph.
24. (38)  David Ragan, Ford, 197.439 mph.
25. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 197.352 mph.
26. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 197.298 mph.
27. (13)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 197.298 mph.
28. (95)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 197.287 mph.
29. (34)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 196.512 mph.
30. (32)  Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 196.383 mph.
31. (00)  Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 195.567 mph.
32. (72)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 193.533 mph.
33. (51)  BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 191.744 mph.
34. (99)  Gray Gaulding, Chevrolet, 190.446 mph.
35. (15)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 189.663 mph.
36. (7)  Garrett Smithley(i), Chevrolet, 188.344 mph.
37. (66)  Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 185.648 mph.
38. (96)  Jeffrey Earnhardt, Toyota, 184.054 mph.
39. (23)  Blake Jones, Toyota, 182.315 mph.
40. (19)  Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 0.000 mph.

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