NASCAR 2019: Denny Hamlin on the Pole at Bristol


While the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has won three times this year but he has yet to take home a pole yet this year until Friday.

"I can't believe it," Hamlin told NBCSN after his run. "I'm proud of this whole FedEx team for giving me such a great car, it's just, these guys are on it right now, it's unbelievable."

Hamlin has been on fire of late having finished inside the top three in each of his last four races with a win coming at Pocono Raceway and he will once again be in great position to win this race.

Kyle Larson will start second and Martin Truex Jr. will be third.

The Bristol Night Race is a fan favorite that will almost assuredly ask for trouble between drivers who have already shown a lack of patience in the last month.

Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson have been two of the biggest stories all season, and their climb up the field will be a big story Saturday night. Johnson starts 30th; Busch starts 31st. Johnson's climb will be especially important as he fights for the last wild card spot. The seven-time champion has not ever missed a version of the NASCAR playoffs.

START: The command to start engines will be given at 7:37 p.m. by U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-TN. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:43 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 300 laps (159.9 miles) around the .533-mile short track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 85. Stage 2 ends on Lap 170.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will televise the race. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Countdown to Green. The Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 7 p.m and also can be heard on goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: Wunderground.com forecasts clear skies, a temperature of 82 degrees with no chance of precipitation at the race start time.

Starting Lineup:

1 Denny Hamlin 11
2 Kyle Larson 42
3 Martin Truex Jr. 19
4 Kurt Busch 1
5 Aric Almirola 10
6 Chase Elliott 9
7 Matt DiBenedetto 95
8 Kevin Harvick 4
9 Erik Jones 20
10 Alex Bowman 88
11 Joey Logano 22
12 Ryan Blaney 12
13 Brad Keselowski 2
14 Ryan Newman 6
15 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17
16 David Ragan 38
17 Daniel Suarez 41
18 Austin Dillon 3
19 Clint Bowyer 14
20 William Byron 24
21 Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. 43
22 Ryan Preece 47
23 Ty Dillon 13
24 Paul Menard 21
25 Corey Lajoie 32
26 Matt Tifft 36
27 Michael McDowell 34
28 Chris Buescher 37
29 Jimmie Johnson 48
30 Kyle Busch 18
31 Landon Cassill 00
32 BJ McLeod 51
33 Quin Houff 27
34 Josh Bilicki 53
35 J.J. Yeley 54
36 Reed Sorenson 77
37 Kyle Weatherman 52
38 Ross Chastain 15