Denny Hamlin grabbed the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race after setting a new track qualifying record at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin made a lap around this 0.526-mile, paperclip-shaped oval at 99.595 mph during Friday's qualifying for his 17th career pole, including his personal- best and series-high fifth this season. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver missed the spring race at Martinsville while he was recovering from a compression fracture in his lower back that he sustained during an accident in the March 24 event in Fontana, Calif. Martinsville is one of Hamlin's best tracks, as he has won four Sprint Cup races here. He had three consecutive victories at this track from 2009-10. Jimmie Johnson, who took over the lead in the Chase point standings last weekend at Talladega, will share the front row with Hamlin after posting a lap at 93.344 mph. Johnson has won the last two races from the pole at Martinsville. He enters this event with just a four-point advantage over Matt Kenseth, who qualified fourth.