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ks ago to take over that car next year, he got a jump on the job early when Stewart-Haas Racing asked to use Ma

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Denny Hamlin, searching for anything to save his season, got a slight boost Friday with a pole-winning run at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hamlin turned a lap 128.969 mph around the 0.533-mile bullring to put his Toyota in the top starting spot for Saturday nights race. Although its his fourth pole of the season, its his first career pole at Bristol, where Hamlin is the defending race winner. But he heads into the race in search of anything positive: Hes 25th in points -- largely because he missed four races with a fractured vertebra suffered in a crash at California -- and entered Bristol stuck in a miserable nine-race slump in which he hasnt logged a finish higher than 18th. Although he wants to win a race, hell take any sort of minor victory. "Its by far the worst run, these nine races, in my career," he said. "A lot of it is our own doing. We got off track for a couple races because weve blown right front tires in consecutive weeks and we started changing our setups and we couldnt find anything that was very good with that. That burnt another three, four weeks. Weve had horsepower cut back. But were headed in the right direction. "At any moment, we can go from a 25th-place car to winning a pole and winning the race. Theres not a whole lot of teams that can say they can win at any moment, but I feel like we can." Hamlins lap was good enough to hold off five-time Bristol winner Kurt Busch, who qualified second with a lap of 128.770. Its the seventh front-row starting spot of the season for Busch, who is suddenly a hot commodity on the free-agent market with an offer to join Stewart-Haas Racing next season. Furniture Row Racing has made its offer to keep Busch, and the driver fired from Penske Racing at the end of 2011 now finds himself not only wading through multiple prospects but vying for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Although hes winless on the year, consistency has him ranked ninth in points with three races remaining to set the Chase field. "The guys (at Furniture Row) know that this is the time now, and they are all shaking my hand saying Thanks and they are also saying Lets do this again next year," Busch said. "Im like, Heck, yeah. Im right there with you. We have to stay focused on the present as well as balance the future, and its a tough thing to do. You hope you can do it behind the scenes and its not out in the public. But today was a great reminder of how hard you have to work in this sport." Carl Edwards qualified third in a Ford and was followed by Toyota drivers Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth as Toyota took three of the top five spots. 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NEW YORK -- An estimated 26.5 million people watched NBCs coverage of the Olympic opening ceremony, a sharp 35 percent drop from the record-setting viewership of the curtain-lifter in London four years ago.The opening ceremony of the London Games was seen by 40.7 million people in the U.S. NBC suggested Saturday that the gap will be narrowed when details about time-shifted viewing and people who streamed Friday nights telecast on mobile devices become available in coming days.To compare linear TV viewership today versus four years ago isnt logical, NBC Sports spokesman Greg Hughes said.The four-year difference was much kinder to NBC the last time around; the Beijing opening in 2008 reached 34.9 million people, according to the Nielsen company.One of NBCs pre-games fears came true: viewership dropped off after the entrance of the United States team in the Parade of Nations. 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