NSCS: Saturday Sweep; Hamlin On Top Again in Sprint Cup Happy Hour at Dover

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Denny Hamlin kept his car at the top of the speed charts in Saturday’s final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, a session cut short by a significant fluid leak at Dover International Speedway.

Hamlin pushed his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota to a best lap of 156.087 mph on the 1-mile concrete track. Hamlin also led Saturday’s early practice and secured the first starting spot with the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday’s qualifying.

As in Saturday’s early session, Hamlin’s JGR teammate Carl Edwards was second-fastest in the No. 19 Toyota with a lap of 155.602 mph. Paul Menard was third-best at 155.206 mph in the Richard Childress Racing No. 27 Chevrolet.

Matt Kenseth was fourth-fastest and Kyle Busch fifth as Joe Gibbs Racing entries claimed four of the top five spots on the practice leaderboard. Jimmie Johnson, a nine-time Dover winner, logged the sixth-best lap ahead of Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM).

The final session was originally scheduled for 50 minutes, but a major fluid leak from the rear of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet oiled a large portion of the track. Practice was stopped for approximately 13 minutes for extensive clean-up.

Race officials added five minutes to the end of the session to make up for the red flag.

Defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, the standings leader, was seventh-fastest in the final tune-up in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet.


RESULTS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Happy Hour; Dover International Speedway; May 30, 2015

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Carl Edwards
  3. Paul Menard
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Jamie McMurray
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Kurt Busch
  11. Joey Logano
  12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  13. Clint Bowyer
  14. David Ragan
  15. Brad Keselowski
  16. Kyle Larson
  17. Greg Biffle
  18. Aric Almirola
  19. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  20. Martin Truex Jr.
  21. Austin Dillon
  22. Ryan Newman
  23. A.J. Allmendinger
  24. Trevor Bayne
  25. Kasey Kahne
  26. Michael Annett
  27. David Gilliland
  28. Casey Mears
  29. Justin Allgaier
  30. Brian Scott
  31. Tony Stewart
  32. Danica Patrick
  33. Sam Hornish Jr.
  34. Cole Whitt
  35. Josh Wise
  36. Jeb Burton
  37. Matt Dibenedetto
  38. Landon Cassill
  39. Alex Bowman
  40. Brett Moffitt
  41. Mike Bliss
  42. J.J. Yeley


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