Truex Jr. takes Coke 600 pole

Martin Truex Jr. will start off the point at Charlotte

Martin Truex Jr. will start off the point at Charlotte

Martin Truex Jr. has scored the pole for NASCAR’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Toyota driver took his ninth career pole and second of the season with a lap speed of 309.522km/h (192.328 mph).

“I liked what I felt last year and I’ve been thinking about this race a lot since then,” said Truex Jr.

“We had a really good car that day and thought we were going to go to victory lane and got beat on fuel mileage.”

After being the fastest man in the opening two rounds of qualifying, Team Penske’s Joey Logano settled for the second-quickest time.

“We had speed just not quite enough there for the pole,” said Logano, who last week won the All-Star event at the same track.

“But we’ve been getting better here since we started practice. The track is going to change so much Sunday after the sun goes down so we’ll work on things Saturday and be ready to make adjustments when the race rolls around.”

Row 2 will be filled by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Denny Hamlin.

Defending race winner Carl Edwards came in ninth on the speed charts in his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

VIDEO: Truex Jr. speaks after qualifying

QUALIFYING: Coca-Cole 600 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME BEHIND
1 78 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats 192.328 28.077 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 192.007 28.124 –0.047
3 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal Ford Fusion 191.428 28.209 –0.132
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight 191.388 28.215 –0.138
5 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 190.968 28.277 –0.200
6 16 Greg Biffle Cheez-It Ford Fusion 190.503 28.346 –0.269
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Patriotic 190.282 28.379 –0.302
8 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS 190.268 28.381 –0.304
9 19 Carl Edwards Subway 189.853 28.443 –0.366
10 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 189.587 28.483 –0.406
11 27 Paul Menard Knauf / Menards 189.162 28.547 –0.470
12 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts 187.963 28.729 –0.652
13 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy / Haas Automation Chevrolet SS 190.114 28.404 –0.327
14 31 Ryan Newman Whelen 189.927 28.432 –0.355
15 47 AJ Allmendinger Harris Teeter / Bush’s Beans 189.853 28.443 –0.366
16 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s RWB 189.820 28.448 –0.371
17 13 Casey Mears GEICO 189.820 28.448 –0.371
18 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center 189.807 28.450 –0.373
19 10 Danica Patrick Nature’s Bakery 189.527 28.492 –0.415
20 43 Aric Almirola U.S. Air Force 189.274 28.530 –0.453
21 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS 189.188 28.543 –0.466
22 34 Chris Buescher CSX – Play It Safe 188.673 28.621 –0.544
23 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna/McDonald’s 188.508 28.646 –0.569
24 42 Kyle Larson Target 187.931 28.734 –0.657
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide 188.851 28.594 –0.517
26 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy 188.659 28.623 –0.546
27 20 Matt Kenseth DeWalt 188.534 28.642 –0.565
28 3 Austin Dillon Cheerios 188.515 28.645 –0.568
29 5 Kasey Kahne LiftMaster 188.376 28.666 –0.589
30 44 Brian Scott Twisted Tea 188.016 28.721 –0.644
31 7 Regan Smith Nikko RC / Toy State Chevrolet 187.480 28.803 –0.726
32 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial 187.266 28.836 –0.759
33 38 Landon Cassill MDS Transport / We Hire Vets 187.201 28.846 –0.769
34 83 Matt DiBenedetto Hope for the Warriors & Cosmo Motors 186.955 28.884 –0.807
35 23 David Ragan Bubba Burger 186.780 28.911 –0.834
36 98 Cole Whitt VYDOX Plus 185.586 29.097 –1.020
37 30 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 183.181 29.479 –1.402
38 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 183.088 29.494 –1.417
39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Can – Am 180.717 29.881 –1.804
40 55 Reed Sorenson World Record Striper Company 179.432 30.095 –2.018

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