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(March 24, 2012)
has won the pole at Auto Club Speedway, with teammate Kyle Busch
joining him in the top two spots for Sunday's race.
Hamlin turned a lap of 186.403 mph in his Joe Gibbs
Racing Toyota during Friday's qualifying session, running low on the track while most drivers went high.
Busch was followed by Mark Martin
in a Toyota for Michael Waltrip
Hamlin earned his 10th career pole and his first top-10 start this season, along with qualification for next year's Shootout at Daytona.
Sprint Cup points leader Greg Biffle
was fourth in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford, and Kasey Kahne
was an encouraging fifth in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet after a rough start to the season.
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