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CONCORD, N.C. -- Denny Hamlin isnt ready to say hes back, even after winning the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 with a record-setting qualifying lap Thursday night. He said it would take a win Sunday night or at another Sprint Cup race later in the season before hes willing to make that declaration. But Hamlin showed he continues to be on the mend after being sidelined for four races with a compression fracture in his lower spine following a March 24 crash involving former teammate Joey Logano. Two weeks after finishing second at the Darlington 500, Hamlin broke the track record with a lap of 195.624 mph to capture his first pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Getting the big trophy on Sunday -- that is the validation that you are truly back," Hamlin said. Hamlin has a far bigger goal in mind anyway. He and Jimmie Johnson are the only two drivers to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup every year theyve been eligible. He wants to keep it that way -- and then some. "Its going to take wins and consistency throughout the next several months to put ourselves in position to have a chance at a championship," Hamlin said. "That is what were here for. But these small victories give me confidence Im still capable and still able to do the job at 100 per cent like I should be." Four Toyotas will start in the top five. Hamlin will start alongside Kurt Busch on the front row, followed by Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer. Kasey Kahne will start sixth, Greg Biffle seventh, Kyle Busch eighth, Jamie McMurray ninth and Ryan Newman rounds out the top 10. Johnson, who won his record fourth Sprint All-Star race on Saturday, will start 12th, one spot behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. Danica Patrick, who has struggled on the 1.5-mile tracks this season, starts 24th. It looked like Kurt Busch would take the pole. But when Hamlin heard Busch say in an interview he missed his marks on turns three and four, he decided to step away from his normally conservative qualifying nature and go for the top spot. "He made a mistake and I capitalized on it," Hamlin said. Hamlin did everything he could to push the envelope. "Normally I wouldnt commit myself to running a lap like that -- its too dangerous," Hamlin said. "But we have a mission ahead." Hamlin, who has never won a Sprint Cup race at CMS, was one of eight drivers to top the previous track record of 193.708 mph set last October by Biffle. Hamlin said he was sore for about two days after Darlington, but said hes feeling much better now. "Everything is good," Hamlin said. It is Hamlins 14th career pole, including his second this year. The other came at the Auto Club in Fontana. "How did that turn out? Great race," Hamlin quipped, referring to the crash with Logano that knocked him out for more than a month. Despite qualifying second, Kurt Busch believes he still has the car to beat on Sunday after winning two segments at the All-Star race here Saturday night. "The All-Star race is great, but we can do better," Busch said. "Our car is so good right now." This is the seventh time in 12 races this season that Sprint Cup drivers have posted a new qualifying record. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic . White came in fourth place in the event. He was the two-time defending gold medallist. The gold medal went to Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov. Cheap Reggie Jackson Jersey . Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup host ahead in the 44th minute. Three minutes after the break, a simple through pass from Paulinho freed Oscar and the Chelsea star rounded goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong to extend Brazils lead. http://www.cheapangelsjerseys.com/ . It says Pocklingtons lawyer filed the appeal Friday in a California court. 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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The tenaciousness of top-ranked Notre Dames defense, the speed of its offense and a crowd of 8,106 overwhelmed No. 17 Washington early in the Preseason WNIT final on Sunday and the Huskies never recovered.The Fighting Irish jumped to a 12-0 start and led 25-8 at the end of the first quarter en route to a 71-60 victory on Sunday as Arike Ogunbowale led Notre Dame with 17 points and Kathryn Westbeld added 14 points and eight rebounds. Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey had four steals each as Notre Dame forced 17 turnovers, leading to 19 points.Transition is our game. We want to get out and run, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. I think thats one of the things were known for.Washington coach Mike Neighbors said the male players who the Huskies normally practice against werent available the past few days so it made it tougher to prepare for Notre Dames speed.Wow are they fast, he said.After trailing by as many as 20 points early in the second quarter and 19 late in the third quarter, the Huskies (3-1) closed to 63-53 on a basket by Chantel Osahor with 5:53 left. But Ogunbowale hit a basket inside and Turner hit a free throw and scored on a rebound as the Irish regained control.Turner added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Irish (4-0).Kelsey Plum, who entered the game averaging 30 points, finished with 22 points on 7 of 19 shooting, including 2 of 6 from 3-point range. Plum credited Notre Dames defense.They sat on my left hand the entire game. They made me take a step back, fadeaway jump shots, and I didnt knock as many down as I should have, she said.The Huskies entered the game shooting 48.2 percent from 3-point range, but only shot 32 percent on Sunday.Washington, which hadnt trailed by more than seven points in its first three games, missed their ffirst five shots and had four turnovers while the Irish hit 5 of 8 shots.ddddddddddddI think once we got punched in the mouth we just settled down, and said, `Thats OK. Thats why theyre No. 1 in the country. Lets start playing basketball now. So I think that initial punch, it was cool to see our team battle throughout and play them even, Plum said. I think that will help us in the tournament and future big games. I think well be a little bit more prepared from the jump.BIG PICTUREWashington: The Huskies, playing on the road for the first time, struggled shooting early and couldnt hit consistently from 3-point range as they usually do. ... They fell 0-7 all-time against teams ranked No. 1.Notre Dame: After struggling both offensively and defensively in a four-point win against Green Bay, the Irish played much better at both and in extending their home winning streak to 34 games.POLL IMPLICATIONSWashington: The Huskies outscored the Irish 52-46 after a slow start so the loss shouldnt hurt them in the poll and could help them.Notre Dame: The win over a ranked team might be enough to keep hold of the top ranking, although the Irish could be hurt by the way they struggled to a four-point win over Green Bay on Thursday.HE SAID IT:Were not used to playing in front of 8,100 people. So that had a lot to do with it, Neighbors said.UP NEXTWashington: The Huskies host Idaho on Tuesday and Seattle on Saturday before playing at Portland on Sunday.Notre Dame: T

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