"This has been the greatest Friday I've had in a really long time"
Denny Hamlin, making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) this season, captured the pole for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway with a lap of 19.625 seconds at 96.489 mph. It was the first career pole award in the Truck Series for Hamlin, the two-time defending race winner, and came with the Jordan Brand aboard his No. 51 Tundra in the iconic company's first-ever primary sponsorship of a car or truck in NASCAR.
The No. 51 team, which earned its first pole of the season to go along with four victories, enters tomorrow's race 27 points behind the series-leading No. 88 team with four events remaining in the battle for the 2013 Truck Series owner's championship.
Johnny Sauter (19.627 seconds at 96.479 mph) will start second followed by Hamlin's KBM teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. (19.644 seconds at 96.396 mph) in the third spot. Ron Hornaday Jr. (19.669 seconds at 96.273 mph) will start fourth and Ty Dillon (19.686 seconds at 96.190 mph) will roll off fifth. KBM's third entry with Joey Coulter behind the wheel posted the 22nd-fastest time (19.941 seconds at 94.960 mph)
Tomorrow's 200-lap event will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 at 1:30 p.m. ET, with coverage beginning with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series setup show at 1 p.m. ET.