Hamlin turned a track record-lap of 181.415 mph Friday to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup pole, a throwback to the times he dominated qualifying at one of his best tracks.
Hamlin is a four-time winner at Pocono, matching his
"I hope this track has aged a little bit," he said, "because when it was old and worn out was when I was really good at the track."
With blistering speeds, Hamlin zipped his way to his second track record and pole of the season after topping the field at Bristol. Hamlin has 19 poles in 304 career Cup starts.
Hamlin hasn't had much success with
"We haven't been that strong here since the repave," he said. "It's just a handful of things that make you off here and there. These tracks are almost like superspeedways now in the sense that you've got to have the fastest car in the right position to win them. Back when I was winning in `06 on the old track, you could make up tons of position. That would never happen today because the cars are running so fast and so equal."
"We came here with a new approach to try to get our front ends to settle into the track a little better," Busch said. "I was really surprised that we had the speed for the pole today in our first attempt to try something a little different. It's great to cash in."
Coming off wins in the Coca-Cola 600 and at Dover,
"I just got too greedy down in two and lost the nose in the corner exit," Johnson said. "I feel bad for my guys, but this one's on me."
Keselowski continued his run of qualifying success. Last week's pole winner at Dover, Keselowski has started third or better in the No. 2 Ford a whopping 10 times in 13 races this season.