NASCAR At Fontana 2012 Starting Lineup: Denny Hamlin Leads Auto Club 400 Field

Toyota Racing Development flexed its muscle on Friday evening at Auto Club Speedway, with the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based engine builder grabbing six of the top 13 spots in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at its home track.

Toyota swept the top three positions for Sunday's Auto Club 400, with pole-sitter Denny Hamlin leading the way over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch and Michael Waltrip Racing's Mark Martin.

Joey Logano (eighth), Clint Bowyer (11th) and Martin Truex Jr. (13th) also had good qualifying runs in TRD-powered cars.

But Chevrolet had a strong showing as well. Chevy had five of the top 10 spots, including Kasey Kahne (fifth), Ryan Newman (sixth), Kevin Harvick (seventh), Tony Stewart (ninth) and Jimmie Johnson (10th).

No. 4 qualifier Greg Biffle was the only Ford in the top 10.

Robby Gordon, Joe Nemechek and Timmy Hill failed to qualify for Sunday's race.

Here's the starting lineup for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Fontana:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Mark Martin
  4. Greg Biffle
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Ryan Newman
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Tony Stewart
  10. Jimmie Johnson
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Carl Edwards
  13. Martin Truex Jr.
  14. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  15. Matt Kenseth
  16. Jamie McMurray
  17. Brad Keselowski
  18. David Reutimann
  19. Jeff Burton
  20. David Stremme
  21. Jeff Gordon
  22. Regan Smith
  23. Kurt Busch
  24. Juan Pablo Montoya
  25. AJ Allmendinger
  26. Bobby Labonte
  27. Paul Menard
  28. Aric Almirola
  29. Marcos Ambrose
  30. Josh Wise
  31. Landon Cassill
  32. Michael McDowell
  33. Casey Mears
  34. Dave Blaney
  35. Scott Riggs
  36. JJ Yeley
  37. Brendan Gaughan
  38. David Ragan
  39. Mike Bliss
  40. Travis Kvapil
  41. David Gilliland
  42. Ken Schrader
  43. Reed Sorenson
DNQ: Robby Gordon, Joe Nemechek, Timmy Hill.
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