NASCAR Brickyard 400: Denny Hamlin pole win has him thinking Victory Lane
July 28, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
An advantage of two-tenths of a second isn’t much to be confident about, but it has Denny Hamlin smiling heading into today’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
That’s how much quicker – and then some – pole sitter Hamlin was over the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field in Saturday’s qualifying session. He was more than a half of a second quicker than Indy’s all-time-best driver, Jeff Gordon, who starts ninth today.
Hamlin went Ruthian with his prognosis for the 19th-annual race.
“It’s hard to point to the outfield right now, but we’ve got the bat halfway raised,” he said.
After Babe Ruth gestured toward the fence in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, he delivered a home run on the next pitch.
That might be Hamlin today after he turned a lap of 49.244 seconds Saturday, a speed of 182.763 mph. Carl Edwards was second at 181.984.