Denny Hamlin captured the pole for Sunday’s 65th annual Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 with a fast time of 19.013 seconds, 99.595 mph. Hamlin broke the previous track record on his run set back in April by Jimmie Johnson. This will make it the 18th time this season where we seen a new track qualifying record being broken.
“We talked about most of it earlier, but like I said I knew we were going to be pretty strong,” said Hamlin. “I knew we had a shot at the pole and beyond that I think our car was pretty good in race trim as well. So, usually anytime we qualify on the pole it usually bodes well for us on Sunday and hopefully this weekend is no different from that.”
Jimmie Johnson qualified second with a fast lap of 19.061 seconds, 99.344 mph. This will make Johnson’s 20th time this season where he has started in the top-10. It also will be his 15th time in 24 career starts at Martinsville Speedway. He was just 0.048 seconds behind Hamlin.
Kyle Busch will start third after tying Johnson with his 19.061 second lap time. Kyle will make his 22nd start in the top-10 after 33 races this season. Kyle hopes to get a strong run on Sunday to advance him up further in the standings going into the final three races.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was the highest qualifying rookie with his best lap coming in at 19.245 seconds, 98.394 mph.
No drivers failed to qualify for the event as only 43 cars showed up to qualify.
The No. 10 Godaddy.com Chevrolet will have to go to the rear after going to a back up car after crashing in practice. Patrick qualified in the 41st position.