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Denny Hamlin easily broke the track qualifying record at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday night to earn the pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 -- the longest race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Scheduled to start in the late afternoon and conclude at nighttime, the 600- mile race at Charlotte is physically and mentally challenging for drivers.
He was medically cleared for the 300-mile race at Charlotte following his MRI on Monday.
Kyle Busch won a Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a record-extending fifth time after he bounced back from a pit road mistake in Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200.
"Monaco is spectacular," Hamilton said. "I don't feel it's like any other race. Winning here is unique and special, in its own way. When you do win here, when you finally get that, you have the most incredible feeling. Every time you come here that's what you're chasing for every year."
Helio Castroneves from Team Penske and Dario Franchitti from Chip Ganassi Racing have three victories each at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.