AVONDALE, Ariz. - Denny Hamlin said he believes all drivers in NASCAR should have an equal say in shaping policy.
"We've all driven this (car of tomorrow) the same number of years," Hamlin said Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. "I wish everyone could have equal say-so, not just somebody behind closed doors being able to change rules."
Hamlin is referring to Jeff Gordon, who was among a group of drivers who lobbied NASCAR officials at Talladega, Ala., to prohibit all bump-drafting through the corners. Many fans blame the rule change for what they perceived as a less-than-exciting race. Prior to last weekend's race, Hamlin made several comments on his Twitter account about Gordon's action, at one time writing, "Who's in charge?"
"It's just frustrating he has that much pull with NASCAR," Hamlin said of Gordon. "The Talladega thing just bugged me. When I heard someone influenced them, it got on my nerves."
Hamlin said he has gone to NASCAR to express opinions, but he doesn't think his opinion holds as much weight as others.
"I just wish NASCAR would ask my opinion sometimes," he said. "I think they are a little bit more responsive to some other guys."
No Patrick in ARCA so far. Although there is still time, ARCA officials confirmed they have not received an entry for IndyCar Series star Danica Patrick to run in their 2010 opener at Daytona nor participate in a December test at the track.
For months, reports have had Patrick destined for a partial schedule in 2010 in the Nationwide Series, which likely would include running in the ARCA opener for superspeedway experience.
JR Motorsports, co-owned by Rick Hendrick and his Cup driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., has been reported as the most likely team to field Patrick in a limited NASCAR schedule.
Truex, Kurt Busch take top 2 spots. Martin Truex Jr. won the pole at Phoenix International Raceway.
Truex turned a lap at 135.120 mph Friday to qualify first for Sunday's race at PIR in his No. 1 Chevrolet.
His lap bested Kurt Busch, who qualified second at 134.579 mph in the No. 2 Dodge.
It's the first time in NASCAR that car Nos. 1 and 2 started next to each other on the front row for a Sprint Cup race.
Defending three-time series champion Jimmie Johnson qualified third, and was followed by Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin.
Mark Martin, who trails Johnson by 71 points in the standings with two races remaining, qualified 10th.
Regan Smith, Kevin Conway and Brandon Ash failed to make the race.