Logano scores NASCAR pole in Las Vegas

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Saturday 8th March, 2014 - 2:43pm

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Joey Logano with the Coors Pole Award

Joey Logano with the Coors Pole Award

Penske Racing has once again locked-out the front row in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, this time Joey Logano trading places with Brad Keselowski to set the fastest time in Las Vegas.

Following their performance at Phoenix, the Penske duo once again made the most of the new elimination-styled NASCAR qualifying format. First progressing through the opening round which left 24 drivers, then the next segment which left 12 cars only for the final five minute run for the pole.

Logano won the pole for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 in track-record fashion in the five-minute third round with a lap at  311.051 km/h (193.278 mph). The Coors Light Pole Award was Logano’s first of the season, his first at Las Vegas and the eighth of his career.

“We’re all still learning what the best strategy is, when to go, when to cool your motor off, when to do all this stuff,” said Logano.

“We have an idea what we want to do. We’ve studied it as much as we can.

“But every time we do this we learn something that we may want to do different next time… All you can do is find the biggest hole that you can [between cars] and make sure you lay down the best lap you can. That’s what I get paid to do.”

Clint Bowyer qualified third followed by rookie Austin Dillon and reigning series champion Jimmie Johnson.

A tough qualifying for Australia’s Marcos Ambrose who lost a lot of water at the very start of the opening session. He even made light contact with Logano as he tried to get down onto the pit road.

Under the new rules of qualifying only one member is allowed over the wall to make minor changes such as tyre pressures and track-bar adjustments.

“I knew something was wrong with the car, I couldn’t drive it,” said Ambrose.

“Drew Blickensderfer (Crew Chief) said there was water on the ground, on the hood, but the rules don’ allow you to lift the hood. So, we tried to make a lap, but it didn’t matter. There is something wrong under the hood, and we’ll replace the engine and start from the tail of the field.

“It just gives us a lot more cars to pass and that’s pretty fun.”

The Australian will make the race, but has had to call on a provisional spot as 48 cars are in Las Vegas for the 43 starting positions.

Blake Koch, Landon Cassill, Dave Blaney, Joe Nemechek and JJ Yeley failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

VIDEO: Joey Logano on pole in Las Vegas


LINE-UP:  Kobalt Tools 400 – Las  Vegas

POS 

Car #

Driver

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Best Time

Behind

1

22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 193.278 27.939 Leader

2

2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 193.099 27.965 –0.026

3

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 192.713 28.021 –0.082

4

3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Cheerios 192.678 28.026 –0.087

5

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Kobalt Tools 192.596 28.038 –0.099

6

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Zest 192.596 28.038 –0.099

7

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Cessna/Bad Boy Buggies 192.397 28.067 –0.128

8

43 Aric Almirola Ford Farmland 192.335 28.076 –0.137

9

55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 192.260 28.087 –0.148

10

31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 191.939 28.134 –0.195

11

99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 191.591 28.185 –0.246

12

78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 191.510 28.197 –0.258

13

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 191.659 28.175 –0.236

14

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet Mountain Dew Kickstart 191.618 28.181 –0.242

15

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Axalta 191.618 28.181 –0.242

16

4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 191.598 28.184 –0.245

17

42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 191.496 28.199 –0.260

18

47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Kingsford Charcoal 191.489 28.200 –0.261

19

66 Jeff Burton Toyota Let’s Go Places Toyota Camry 191.435 28.208 –0.269

20

18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 191.381 28.216 –0.277

21

27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 190.934 28.282 –0.343

22

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet Aspen Dental / GoDaddy 190.543 28.340 –0.401

23

41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 190.503 28.346 –0.407

24

14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 189.514 28.494 –0.555

25

16 Greg Biffle Ford Red Cross 190.396 28.362 –0.423

26

34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 189.893 28.437 –0.498

27

11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 189.767 28.456 –0.517

28

26 Cole Whitt Toyota Speed Stick GEAR 189.647 28.474 –0.535

29

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 189.328 28.522 –0.583

30

13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 189.261 28.532 –0.593

31

98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Ambient Edge HVAC 188.851 28.594 –0.655

32

30 Parker Kligerman Toyota Aria Hotels/Black Clover 188.838 28.596 –0.657

33

38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stops 188.686 28.619 –0.680

34

21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 188.429 28.658 –0.719

35

95 Michael McDowell Ford WRL General Contractors 188.271 28.682 –0.743

36

23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 188.166 28.698 –0.759

37

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 187.415 28.813 –0.874

38

7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 186.800 28.908 –0.969

39

83 Ryan Truex Toyota Borla Exhaust Toyota Camry 186.265 28.991 –1.052

40

36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 186.027 29.028 –1.089

41

33 Timmy Hill Chevrolet LittleJoesAutos.com 185.471 29.115 –1.176

42

32 Travis Kvapil Ford Ask More-Get More 185.344 29.135 –1.196

43

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt 180.469 29.922 –1.983

 

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