Last-out Hamlin beats Berry to pole at Nashville Superspeedway

Denny Hamlin was the final driver to make a time in NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at Nashville Superspeedway and motored to pole at 160.354mph (29.859s) — his second this season and the 42nd of his career.

Josh Berry joins Hamlin on the front row for his home race, qualifying second at 159.749mph.

Christopher Bell qualified third (159.845mph), Kyle Larson, fourth (159.701mph), Brad Keselowski, fifth (159.536mph) and Tyler Reddick, sixth (159.600mph).

William Byron ran seventh (159.531mph), Ty Gibbs, eighth (159.451mph) after pacing practice, and Chris Buescher, ninth (159.064mph). Austin Cindric completed the top 10 (158.890mph).


Chase Elliott qualified 13th; Carson Hocevar, 15th; Martin Truex Jr., 17th; Ryan Blaney, 18th; Chase Briscoe, 19th and Ross Chastain, 20th. Chastain is the defending race winner.

Bubba Wallace ended up 24th; Joey Logano, 26th; Kyle Busch, 27th; and Corey Heim, 29th.

Justin Haley made a qualifying lap but only to scuff his tires. Haley will drop to the rear of the field Sunday because the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing team made an unapproved adjustment after passing inspection. Additionally, Haley will have to serve a pass-through penalty at the start of the race. The team also lost its pit stall selection and car chief JR Norris was ejected.

NEXT UP: The Ally 400 (Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET, USA).


Story originally appeared on Racer