DOVER, Del. Denny Hamlin has another top spot in his comeback from a back injury.
But he must turn poles into checkered flags to make a serious run at a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Hamlin turned a lap of 157.978 mph Friday to win the pole at Dover International Speedway.
He won the pole last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway and has three overall this season.
But a four-race absence because of his injury has him needing wins to make the Chase and race for his first career championship.
Hamlin, who finished fourth last week, has never won at Dover. He has only a 19.6 average finish in 14 career races on the mile track.
Hamlin's fourth-place finish moved him up three spots to 24th in the standings, 53 points out of 20th, where he'd need to be to be eligible for one of two wild-card berths.
"I feel like we're hitting our stride," he said. "We're running really well at different types of racetracks. Overall, I'm pretty happy. We still need to get those race wins."
Martin Truex Jr., who raced to his only career Cup victory at Dover, will start second and join Hamlin for an all-Toyota front row. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman round out the top five. Busch and Kenseth also drive Toyotas.
Jimmie Johnson was heartbroken. He saw the damaged neighborhoods, destroyed homes, fallen trees and tons of debris in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma.
It was the stuffed animals that really choked up the five-time Sprint Cup champion.
"There's a kid involved. Kids lived here and families and people, and it kind of brings a human element in," Johnson said. "You start jockeying back and forth in your mind at just the amazement of these big items. You can't imagine them blowing around like they're scraps, to the human element of a stuffed animal."
Johnson spent Thursday in Moore, Okla., to help distribute supplies to victims of the May 20 tornado that killed 24 people, including 10 children. He was accompanied by his wife, Chani, a native of Muskogee, Okla. The visit was in conjunction with Johnson's sponsor, Lowe's, and the Feed the Children initiative.
IndyCar in Detroit Dario Franchitti won his second poll of the season and the 31st of his career.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, though, will start 11th today in the first of two Detroit Grand Prix races. He was handed a 10-grid-spot penalty for making an unapproved engine change at Indianapolis.
Truck Series in Dover Kyle Busch pulled away in the final laps to win the NASCAR truck race at Dover International Speedway.