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Red hot Logano takes Martinsville pole

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Saturday 31st October, 2015 - 10:00am

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Joey Logano has swept both poles at Martinsville in 2015

Joey Logano has swept both poles at Martinsville in 2015

Whether it’s superspeedways, intermediate tracks or as he proved today half-mile raceways, no one is hotter than Joey Logano who will start from pole at Martinsville.

Coming off three straight race wins, Logano snared the pole at the flat 0.526-mile Virginian speedway in 19.215 seconds in the final round of knockout qualifying.

Logano edged fellow Chase driver Martin Truex Jr. by .012 seconds in the race for the top starting spot for the first race in the Chase’s Eliminator Round.

The Coors Light Pole Award was Logano’s second at the ‘paperclip’, the first one having come in March of this year. It was the 14th pole of his career, six of which have come in 2015.

Grabbing pole in NASCAR has two crucial advantages; starting off the point and pit box selection. The Penske Ford will be serviced from the last stall on pit road on the tight Martinsville layout.

“It’s an amazing run we’re on right now,” Logano said. “This Shell-Pennzoil team is unbelievable. I’m just the lucky guy that gets to drive this thing right now.

“It’s so much fun. We’re doing everything right, right now, but all that can end in a blink of an eye, so we’ve got to keep our focus. Starting first here — anywhere here at Martinsville pays a lot bigger than most race tracks. Having a great pit stall and staying up towards front — as well as keeping your fenders on the car is important. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys as I am right now.”

Non-Chase drivers AJ Allmendinger and Jamie McMurray will share the second row with Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch lining up behind.

Two Chase drivers failed to make the top 12 — Carl Edwards (14th) and Kurt Busch (15th).

The only major dramas in qualifying went the way of Kasey Kahne who found the fence and will start from the rear in a back-up car.

QUALIFYING: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 – Martinsville Speedway

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME GAP
1 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 98.548 19.215 Leader
2 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row/Visser Precision 98.487 19.227 –0.012
3 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Clorox 98.068 19.309 –0.094
4 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s 98.007 19.321 –0.106
5 24 Jeff Gordon AARP MEMBER ADVANTAGES 97.896 19.343 –0.128
6 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy 97.850 19.352 –0.137
7 31 Ryan Newman WIX Filters 97.724 19.377 –0.162
8 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 97.684 19.385 –0.170
9 42 Kyle Larson Target Plaid 97.618 19.398 –0.183
10 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground 97.503 19.421 –0.206
11 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts 97.448 19.432 –0.217
12 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steak House 97.347 19.452 –0.237
13 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 97.891 19.344 –0.129
14 19 Carl Edwards XFINITY 97.835 19.355 –0.140
15 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Chevrolet SS 97.800 19.362 –0.147
16 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy 97.734 19.375 –0.160
17 15 Clint Bowyer Maxwell House 97.714 19.379 –0.164
18 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 97.437 19.434 –0.219
19 13 Casey Mears No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 97.362 19.449 –0.234
20 9 Sam Hornish Jr Jacob Companies 97.242 19.473 –0.258
21 48 Jimmie Johnson KOLBALT TOOLS 97.113 19.499 –0.284
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide 97.083 19.505 –0.290
23 51 Justin Allgaier Auto Owners Insurance 96.800 19.562 –0.347
24 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips 97.689 19.384 –0.169
25 16 Greg Biffle No. 16 Ford Fusion 97.633 19.395 –0.180
26 27 Paul Menard Moen / Menards 97.593 19.403 –0.188
27 40 Landon Cassill TBA 97.427 19.436 –0.221
28 55 David Ragan Aaron’s Online Dream Machine 97.392 19.443 –0.228
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Zest Ford Fusion 97.337 19.454 –0.239
30 3 Austin Dillon Dow 97.078 19.506 –0.291
31 35 Cole Whitt MDS Transportation 97.013 19.519 –0.304
32 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 96.959 19.530 –0.315
33 38 David Gilliland Jerry Cook Hall of Fame Tribute 96.924 19.537 –0.322
34 34 Brett Moffitt Dockside Logistics 96.731 19.576 –0.361
35 23 Jeb Burton Rocky Ridge/Estes 96.711 19.580 –0.365
36 83 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo 96.612 19.600 –0.385
37 98 Ryan Preece Vydox Plus/Champion Machinery 96.533 19.616 –0.401
38 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 96.435 19.636 –0.421
39 26 J.J. Yeley Maxim 96.371 19.649 –0.434
40 32 Kyle Fowler CorvetteParts.net 96.244 19.675 –0.460
41 7 Alex Bowman Nikko RC / Toy State 96.049 19.715 –0.500
42 62 Timmy Hill Acredale Vending 95.343 19.861 –0.646
43 33 Alex Kennedy TBA 95.161 19.899 –0.684

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