Logano takes Michigan pole

Logano took his second pole of the season

For the second straight week Logano will start from pole

Joey Logano put a smile on the face of team owner Roger Penske by taking the pole at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway.

Considered the home track of Penske, speedway is also in his home state and also that of the US motor industry, including Ford.

Logano drove the Team Penske No. 22 Ford to a best lap of 321.156 km/h (199.557 mph) in the third and final session. The pole is Logano’s second of the season, second at the 2-mile track and 16th of his Sprint Cup career. He won from the pole at Michigan in August of 2013.

“It just feels really good because the last couple of weeks we’ve come in second in the final round,” said Logano.

“We’ve been qualifying really well with this 22 car, we just haven’t had the pole, so it’s really nice to finally break through and get a pole with this new package. It really goes to show how great this Team Penske is on preparing cars from the shop and really not knowing what they’re coming to. It has some great adjustability in it and a fast car, obviously.”

“Couldn’t be more proud of the team with our qualifying efforts as of recently, it’s just we finally won the right round — the last one.”

Martin Truex Jr. will share the front row, with Tony Stewart again showing his qualifying ford by being third quickest ahead of Denny Hamlin and rookie Ryan Blaney.

This weekend all cars are running under new aerodynamic rules designed to reduce downforce and sideforce. The pole-winning speed was well under the track record of 332.429km/h (206.558 mph) set by Jeff Gordon in August 2014.


 

QUALIFYING: FireKeepers Casino 400 – Michigan International Speedway

 

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME GAP
1 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 199.557 36.080 Leader
2 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row 199.016 36.178 –0.098
3 14 Tony Stewart Rush Truck Centers / Mobil 1Chevrolet SS 198.950 36.190 –0.110
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office 198.774 36.222 –0.142
5 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center 198.588 36.256 –0.176
6 31 Ryan Newman Grainger 198.369 36.296 –0.216
7 42 Kyle Larson Target 198.194 36.328 –0.248
8 3 Austin Dillon Dow Salutes Veterans 198.014 36.361 –0.281
9 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s RWB 197.819 36.397 –0.317
10 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts 197.352 36.483 –0.403
11 19 Carl Edwards Subway 196.549 36.632 –0.552
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion 195.111 36.902 –0.822
13 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 197.873 36.387 –0.307
14 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s 197.753 36.409 –0.329
15 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 197.569 36.443 –0.363
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Kobalt 197.498 36.456 –0.376
17 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation / Monster Energy Chevrolet SS 197.179 36.515 –0.435
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion 196.856 36.575 –0.495
19 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 196.533 36.635 –0.555
20 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger / Hungry Jack / Crisco 196.490 36.643 –0.563
21 95 Ty Dillon Red Kap / Nexteer Automotive Chevy SS 196.207 36.696 –0.616
22 34 Chris Buescher CSX – Play it Safe 196.137 36.709 –0.629
23 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance 196.127 36.711 –0.631
24 13 Casey Mears GEICO 195.759 36.780 –0.700
25 10 Danica Patrick Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS 196.185 36.700 –0.620
26 44 Brian Scott Albertsons Companies Ford 196.132 36.710 –0.630
27 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Axalta 196.078 36.720 –0.640
28 38 Landon Cassill MDS Transport 195.961 36.742 –0.662
29 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Chevrolet SS 195.934 36.747 –0.667
30 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 195.785 36.775 –0.695
31 83 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo Motors 195.408 36.846 –0.766
32 27 Paul Menard Knauf / Menards 194.805 36.960 –0.880
33 7 Regan Smith Nikko RC / Toy State Chevrolet 193.668 37.177 –1.097
34 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy 192.725 37.359 –1.279
35 23 David Ragan Weaver Media 192.704 37.363 –1.283
36 55 Cole Whitt TBD 191.225 37.652 –1.572
37 30 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 189.823 37.930 –1.850
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Can – Am 189.120 38.071 –1.991
39 46 Michael Annett Allstate Peterbilt Group 187.705 38.358 –2.278
40 98 Reed Sorenson TBD 185.620 38.789 –2.709

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