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Hamlin's adjustments to car pay off

Updated: October 10, 2009, 9:38 PM ET
Associated Press

FONTANA, Calif. -- Denny Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota was running so poorly before qualifying Friday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway that his Joe Gibbs Racing team took it back to the garage and basically blew it up.

Whatever they did, it worked.

Hamlin grabbed the pole for the 500-mile race Sunday with a lap of 183.870 mph as the Chase for the Championship contender tries to draw closer to leader Mark Martin.

"When you run so horribly in practice, you're ...

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