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Logano takes Martinsville pole

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Saturday 2nd April, 2016 - 9:40am

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Lagano celebrates a hat-trick of poles at martisville

Lagano celebrates a hat-trick of poles at martisville

Joey Logano has made a statement on his return to Martinsville Speedway with pole position for the STP 500.

It may have been his 15th career pole and third-straight at the “Paperclip”; to tie a record with Jeff Gordon. However, most of the talk was about but it being the first time back at the shortest track in NASCAR since being dumped off the circuit and out of championship contention by Matt Kenseth in October.

“You’ve got to use things like that to motivate you – not only you and your team,” said Logano.

“I know I felt really excited and really pumped up and jacked up to come to this race track and show what we’re made out of. This is a good start.

“Qualifying here is more important than any other race track we go to. Having a good pit stall pays a lot here because you’re coming down pit road so many times, so I think it pays really big here.

“Also starting up front allows you to save your car and we’ve got 500 laps to go.”

The Penske driver set a lap speed was 156.176 km/h (97.043 mph) and will share the front row with Kasey Kahne, with Tony Stewart’s substitute driver Brian Vickers and Paul Menard lining up on the second row.

QUALIFYING: STP 500 – Martinsville Speedway

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH BEST TIME BEHIND
1 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 97.043 19.513 Leader
2 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips 97.033 19.515 –0.002
3 14 Brian Vickers Janssen Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation Chevrolet SS 96.864 19.549 –0.036
4 27 Paul Menard Libman / Menards 96.854 19.551 –0.038
5 31 Ryan Newman Grainger 96.736 19.575 –0.062
6 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger / Butterfinger / Coffeemate 96.676 19.587 –0.074
7 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s 75th Anniversary 96.657 19.591 –0.078
8 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express 96.642 19.594 –0.081
9 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 96.440 19.635 –0.122
10 24 Chase Elliott 3M 96.224 19.679 –0.166
11 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 96.205 19.683 –0.170
12 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center 96.171 19.690 –0.177
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal Ford Fusion 96.637 19.595 –0.082
14 16 Greg Biffle Roush Performance Ford Fusion 96.622 19.598 –0.085
15 1 Jamie McMurray Bad Boy Off Road / Beechcraft 96.617 19.599 –0.086
16 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row 96.568 19.609 –0.096
17 42 Kyle Larson Target 96.474 19.628 –0.115
18 13 Casey Mears GEICO 96.470 19.629 –0.116
19 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s 96.362 19.651 –0.138
20 43 Aric Almirola STP 96.244 19.675 –0.162
21 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide 96.049 19.715 –0.202
22 23 David Ragan Dr. Pepper 95.981 19.729 –0.216
23 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation / Monster Energy 95.796 19.767 –0.254
24 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s 95.714 19.784 –0.271
25 19 Carl Edwards Arris 96.083 19.708 –0.195
26 44 Brian Scott Goody’s 95.917 19.742 –0.229
27 95 Michael McDowell KLove Radio Chevrolet SS 95.912 19.743 –0.230
28 10 Danica Patrick TaxAct 95.888 19.748 –0.235
29 3 Austin Dillon Dow 95.874 19.751 –0.238
30 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy 95.840 19.758 –0.245
31 98 Cole Whitt TBA 95.757 19.775 –0.262
32 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 95.612 19.805 –0.292
33 38 Landon Cassill MDS Transport 95.593 19.809 –0.296
34 7 Regan Smith APC Chevrolet 95.545 19.819 –0.306
35 83 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo Motors 95.295 19.871 –0.358
36 34 Chris Buescher CSX / Play It Safe 95.252 19.880 –0.367
37 32 Joey Gase Donate Life 94.817 19.971 –0.458
38 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 94.246 20.092 –0.579
39 30 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 94.218 20.098 –0.585
40 55 Reed Sorenson TBA 0.000 0.000 -19.513

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