Denny Hamlin Wins The Pole


FONTANA, CA (TheSpread) – Denny Hamlin will start up front for the Auto Club 400 on Sunday after being the fastest in qualifying on Friday night.

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According to oddsmakers, Jimmie Johnson is still the favorite to win this race with5 /1 odds to win. Other short odds to win are Kyle Busch and Hamlin, who each have 6/1 odds.

Johnson qualified 10th on Friday for the race. Johnson is 17th in the point standings right now. He has two top 5’s and three top 10’s, but he had one DNF this season that set him back. Johnson has five wins at Auto Club Speedway with an average finish of 5.1. His top driver rating is 123.1, which is best of any driver in the series.

Busch is 15th in the point standings. He has just one top 10 on the year. Busch has one win at Auto Club Speedway in his career. His average finish at this track is 12.0 while his drive rating is 104.0, which ranks third in the series. Busch qualified second on Friday.

Hamlin is fifth in the current point standings, 20 points outside of first. Hamlin has one win and two top 5’s on the year. Hamlin has not won at Auto Club Speedway, as he has just one top-5 finish at the track and his average finish there is 19.2. His driver rating at the track is 87.5, which ranks 13th amongst current driver.

The Auto Club 400 will take place Sunday, March 25 from Auto Club Speedway at 3:16PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Auto Club 400 – 2012 Auto Club 400 – Auto Club Speedway – Sunday, March 25, 2012

Jimmie Johnson 5/1

Kyle Busch 6/1

Denny Hamlin 6/1

Greg Biffle 8/1

Kevin Harvick 8/1

Tony Stewart 8/1

Kasey Kahne 10/1

Matt Kenseth 10/1

Carl Edwards 10/1

Jeff Gordon 15/1

Brad Keselowski 20/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 20/1

Mark Martin 20/1

Martin Truex Jr 30/1

Clint Bowyer 30/1

Ryan Newman 30/1

AJ Allmendinger 50/1

Joey Logano 50/1

Jamie McMurray 60/1

Jeff Burton 60/1

Juan Pablo Montoya 75/1

Kurt Busch 100/1

Paul Menard 100/1

Marcos Ambrose 100/1

Regan Smith 200/1

Aric Almirola 200/1

Bobby Labonte 300/1

David Ragan 300/1

Brendan Gaughan 300/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 50/1

Qualifying Results

1 Denny Hamlin (11)

2 Kyle Busch (18)

3 Mark Martin (55)

4 Greg Biffle (16)

5 Kasey Kahne (5)

6 Ryan Newman (39)

7 Kevin Harvick (29)

8 Joey Logano (20)

9 Tony Stewart (14)

10 Jimmie Johnson (48)

11 Clint Bowyer (15)

12 Carl Edwards (99)

13 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

14 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

15 Matt Kenseth (17)

16 Jamie McMurray (1)

17 Brad Keselowski (2)

18 David Reutimann (10)

19 Jeff Burton (31)

20 David Stremme (30)

21 Jeff Gordon (24)

22 Regan Smith (78)

23 Kurt Busch (51)

24 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

25 A J Allmendinger (22)

26 Bobby Labonte (47)

27 Paul Menard (27)

28 Aric Almirola (43)

29 Marcos Ambrose (9)

30 Josh Wise (26)

31 Landon Cassill (83)

32 Michael McDowell (98)

33 Casey Mears (13)

34 Dave Blaney (36)

35 Scott Riggs (23)

36 J.J. Yeley (249)

37 Brendan Gaughan (33)

38 David Ragan (34)

39 Mike Bliss (119)

40 Travis Kvapil (93)

41 David Gilliland (38)

42 Ken Schrader (32)

43 Reed Sorenson (74)

44 Robby Gordon (7) DNQ

45 Joe Nemechek (87) DNQ

46 Timmy Hill (37) DNQ

2012 Auto Club 400 Information

Race Date: Sunday, March 25

Location: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

Pre-Race: 2:30PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 3:16PM ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (200 laps)

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