HAMLIN GAMEPLAN: After missing four races due to injury, Denny Hamlin says he has no choice but to be extra aggressive the rest of season. Friday he drove that way in winning the pole for Sunday’s Fedex 400.
“Our only play is to be aggressive. If we don’t win we’re not accomplishing much,’’ Hamlin said of the ground he must make up to qualify for the Chase. “We just can’t hope to back our way into it.’’
Hamlin won the pole with a speed of 157.97 mph. The top four qualifiers were all Toyotas. Hamlin was followed by Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. Ryan Newman’s Chevrolet was fifth in qualifying