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Hamlin takes Coca-Cola 600 pole with record lap
He said it would take a win Sunday night or at another Sprint Cup race later in the season before he’s willing to make that declaration.
“Getting the big trophy on Sunday _ that is the validation that you are truly back,” Hamlin said.
Hamlin has a far bigger goal in mind anyway.
He wants to keep it that way _ and then some.
“It’s going to take wins and consistency throughout the next several months to put ourselves in position to have a chance at a championship,” Hamlin said. “That is what we’re here for. But these small victories give me confidence I’m still capable and still able to do the job at 100 percent like I should be.”
Four Toyotas will start in the top five. Hamlin will start alongside Kurt Busch on the front row, followed by Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer. Kasey Kahne will start sixth, Greg Biffle seventh, Kyle Busch eighth, Jamie McMurray ninth and Ryan Newman rounds out the top 10.
Danica Patrick, who has struggled on the 1.5-mile tracks this season, starts 24th.
It looked like Kurt Busch would take the pole.
“He made a mistake and I capitalized on it,” Hamlin said.
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