Logano grabs Pocono pole

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Sunday 7th August, 2011 - 8:03am

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Joey Logano on pole at Pocono

Joey Lagano has scored his third career NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position setting the benchmark at the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway.

After posting a lap at 172.055 mph (52.309 seconds) during the qualifying session, Logano had to wait for 20 fellow Sprint Cup drivers to make their runs before he could claim the top spot for the race at the 2.5-mile triangular track.

A patch of sunlight, which broke through the clouds after Logano made his attempt, may have warmed the track enough to prevent those who followed him from beating his time.

Kasey Kahne came closest, running his lap at 171.648 mph to earn the outside spot on the front row. Martin Truex Jr. (171.494 mph), who preceded Logano in the qualifying order, will start third, followed by Cup points leader Carl Edwards (171.474 mph) and Kurt Busch (171.468 mph).

Logano didn’t show his hand in Friday’s practice, when the qualifying order is set — slowest to fastest — according to practice speeds.

“About all of us looked at the schedule before we got here and saw that qualifying was in the morning,” Logano said. “There’s a lot of cars sandbagging [in practice]. A lot of guys were definitely shutting it down before they got to the start/finish line. The chance you take is, if it rains, you’re SOL.”

In the event of a rainout, NASCAR sets the starting order for the race according to practice speeds.

“I don’t know where we were on the chart — 20th or so on the speed charts in practice? Obviously, we had a lot more than that,” Logano said.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will have some work to do starting in 27th.

“That’s not what we wanted,” said Ambrose.

“When you’ve only got one lap it’s hard to really know what you’ve got out there.

“I tried, but I just got a little loose off of one and lost a lot of momentum.”

QUALIFYING: Good Sam RV Insurance 500 – Pocono Raceway

Pos.

Driver

Car

Sponsor

MPH

Time

Difference

1

Joey Logano

Toyota

The Home Depot

172.055

52.309

Leader

2

Kasey Kahne

Toyota

Red Bull

171.648

52.433

-0.124

3

Martin Truex Jr.

Toyota

NAPA Auto Parts

171.494

52.480

-0.171

4

Carl Edwards

Ford

Ortho Home Defense Max

171.474

52.486

-0.177

5

Kurt Busch

Dodge

Shell / Pennzoil

171.468

52.488

-0.179

6

Denny Hamlin

Toyota

FedEx Office

171.448

52.494

-0.185

7

Paul Menard

Chevrolet

CertainTeed / Menards

171.370

52.518

-0.209

8

Jeff Burton

Chevrolet

Caterpillar

171.367

52.519

-0.210

9

Greg Biffle

Ford

3M / 811

171.171

52.579

-0.270

10

Kevin Harvick

Chevrolet

Budweiser

171.122

52.594

-0.285

11

Kyle Busch

Toyota

M&M’s

171.080

52.607

-0.298

12

Ryan Newman

Chevrolet

Tornados

170.788

52.697

-0.388

13

Brad Keselowski

Dodge

Miller Lite

170.652

52.739

-0.430

14

Clint Bowyer

Chevrolet

Good Sam Club

170.619

52.749

-0.440

15

David Ragan

Ford

UPS “We Love Logistics”

170.619

52.749

-0.440

16

Jamie McMurray

Chevrolet

Bass Pro Shops / Tracker

170.590

52.758

-0.449

17

Regan Smith

Chevrolet

Furniture Row Companies

170.558

52.768

-0.459

18

Jimmie Johnson

Chevrolet

Lowe’s

170.538

52.774

-0.465

19

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chevrolet

Amp Energy / National Guard

170.506

52.784

-0.475

20

Matt Kenseth

Ford

Crown Royal

170.438

52.805

-0.496

21

Dave Blaney

Chevrolet

Golden Corral

170.309

52.845

-0.536

22

Bobby Labonte

Toyota

Reese Towpower / Highland

170.280

52.854

-0.545

23

Juan Montoya

Chevrolet

Target

170.161

52.891

-0.582

24

David Gilliland

Ford

Front Row Motorsports

170.068

52.920

-0.611

25

Mark Martin

Chevrolet

GoDaddy.com

170.042

52.928

-0.619

26

Brian Vickers

Toyota

Red Bull

169.991

52.944

-0.635

27

Marcos Ambrose

Ford

Dewalt

169.875

52.980

-0.671

28

Tony Stewart

Chevrolet

Office Depot / Mobil 1

169.734

53.024

-0.715

29

A.J. Allmendinger

Ford

Best Buy

169.629

53.057

-0.748

30

Todd Bodine

Toyota

HP Racing LLC

169.393

53.131

-0.822

31

Jeff Gordon

Chevrolet

Drive to End Hunger

169.358

53.142

-0.833

32

Casey Mears

Toyota

GEICO

169.339

53.148

-0.839

33

David Reutimann

Toyota

Aaron’s Dream Machine

169.335

53.149

-0.840

34

J.J. Yeley

Ford

Front Row Motorsports

168.909

53.283

-0.974

35

Erik Darnell

Ford

Red Line Oil

168.631

53.371

-1.062

36

Landon Cassill

Chevrolet

Phoenix Construction / Thank A Teacher Today-Security Benefit

168.508

53.410

-1.101

37

David Stremme

Chevrolet

Life is Good Kids Foundation

167.892

53.606

-1.297

38

Robby Gordon

Dodge

Speed Energy

167.795

53.637

-1.328

39

Travis Kvapil

Ford

Long John Silver’s

167.604

53.698

-1.389

40

Scott Speed

Ford

Max Q Motorsports

167.420

53.757

-1.448

41

Jason White+

Ford

GunBroker.com

167.165

53.839

-1.530

42

Andy Lally+*

Ford

Interstate Moving Services

166.867

53.935

-1.626

43

Joe Nemechek

Toyota

AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves

167.268

53.806

-1.497

 DNQ

44

Geoffrey Bodine

Chevrolet

Luke & Associates

167.218

53.822

-1.513

45

T.J. Bell*

Chevrolet

Green Smoke

167.072

53.869

-1.560

46

Mike Skinner

Toyota

Big Red

166.156

54.166

-1.857

 

 

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