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Denny Hamlin captures pole

Updated: July 28, 2012, 7:22 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Denny Hamlin figures this weekend is when NASCAR's real championship contenders begin to separate themselves from the pack. He thinks he's part of that group -- and he's off to a pretty good start.

Hamlin won the pole position for the Brickyard 400 on Saturday, turning a lap of 182.763 mph in qualifying. And with a good run in the race Sunday, Hamlin figures he can rev up his push for a title.

"This is the turning point of the season," Hamlin said. "We feel ...

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