2017-11-17 A late qualifying run at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Hamlin proved to be the magic elixir. The Pole Award was Hamlin’s second of the season, his second at Homestead and the 26th of his career.
Hamlin lapped the 1.5-mile track in 31.038 seconds at 173.980 mph in the final round of qualifying. For second best and the top contender to win the world championship title Truex laid down a lap of 173.952 mph .005 seconds slower then Hamlin. Kyle Busch was .009 seconds behind with a lap speed of 173.930 mph. Brad Keselowski was 5th with a lap at 172.452 mph and Kevin Harvick put down 171.876 mph to qualified 9th, respectively.
“We had them there by a little bit, and I messed up 3 and 4 a little bit,” said Hamlin, who was eliminated from the Playoff last Sunday at Phoenix Raceway. “Honestly, it was a great run, and we did great adjustments there.“Our FedEx Camry was obviously very fast that last run. I love this race track, and wish we would have our chance, but that will be another day, another year for us.”
“That was a bit dramatic,” Truex said. “We missed it a little bit in that last round, lost more grip than I anticipated. We made some adjustments knowing it was going to go that way, just not far enough. It was just five one thousandths off from being a perfect day. “I think we definitely wanted to be first to get that first pit stall, but aside from that, we’re all up front, we’re all close to each other, and this is a track you can pass on. Just in general I was proud of my team for having a good, solid day. We had a shot there and just missed it a little bit there in Round 3. Good, solid effort and that’s what we needed to do today, and we’ll get to work and see what we can do on Sunday.”