Logano clinches NASCAR pole at Phoenix

Joey Logano

Team Penske’s Joey Logano has taken pole for this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Phoenix Raceway in Arizona.

The result arrives less than a week after being involved in a controversial punch-up with Kyle Busch at Las Vegas.

Logano drove the Team Penske #22 Ford to a best lap of 26.216 seconds at an average speed of 137.321mph (219.713kph) on the one-mile desert track.

The pole was Logano’s first of the season, his first at the Arizona oval and the 18th of his Monster Energy Series career, after clinching three in 2016.

The Penske driver is the most recent winner at Phoenix having taken the chequered flag last November.

“I didn’t think it was going to be quite good enough, but I pushed as hard as I could,” Logano told Fox Sports after his fast final lap.

“Sometimes you overdrive it a little bit and you still make speed, so proud of this team and proud of this Ford front row. That’s a pretty special deal, so excited for the race now.”

It was a case of having the last laugh for Logano with his rival Busch only managing the ninth fastest lap of 26.485 (135.962mph).

Earlier in the day Logano and Busch were pulled before NASCAR officials to discuss their Las Vegas altercation and again escaped without penalty.

Ryan Blaney will share the front row for Sunday’s Camping World 500 the second event in the three-race NASCAR Goes West swing.

He powered the Wood Brothers Racing #21 Ford to the second-fastest lap of the final qualifying session with a 26.301-second lap (136.877 mph).

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start third in the Hendrick Motorsports #88 Chevrolet after a lap of 26.319 ( (136.783 mph).

Chip Ganassi Racing team-mates Kyle Larson (26.344 seconds, 136.654 mph) and Jamie McMurray (26.412 seconds 136.302 mph) completed the top five, respectively.

Kevin Harvick, the defending race winner with eight Phoenix victories in his career, was just 23rd-fastest in the Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Ford.

Martin Truex Jr., last week’s winner at Las Vegas, was 16th-fastest in the Furniture Row Racing #78 Toyota.

Both drivers were unable to make the 12-driver cut for the final round of qualifying.

A pair of practice sessions are scheduled for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tomorrow, the final prep for Sunday’s 312-mile main event which will be shown in Australia from 5am EDST on Foxsports.

Position # Driver Manufacturer Time Gap Mph
1 22 Joey Logano Ford 26.216s 137.321
2 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 26.301s 0.085 136.877
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 26.319s 0.103 136.783
4 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 26.344s 0.128 136.654
5 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 26.412s 0.196 136.302
6 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 26.433s 0.217 136.193
7 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 26.441s 0.225 136.152
8 77 Erik Jones Toyota 26.444s 0.228 136.137
9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 26.485s 0.269 135.926
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 26.498s 0.282 135.859
11 41 Kurt Busch Ford 26.502s 0.286 135.839
12 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 26.530s 0.314 135.695
13 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 26.523s 0.307 135.731
14 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 26.544s 0.328 135.624
15 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 26.548s 0.332 135.603
16 78 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 26.562s 0.346 135.532
17 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 26.587s 0.371 135.405
18 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 26.598s 0.382 135.349
19 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 26.634s 0.418 135.166
20 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 26.663s 0.447 135.019
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 26.672s 0.456 134.973
22 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 26.702s 0.486 134.821
23 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 26.772s 0.556 134.469
24 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 26.787s 0.571 134.394
25 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 26.888s 0.672 133.889
26 10 Danica Patrick Ford 26.908s 0.692 133.789
27 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 26.913s 0.697 133.764
28 43 Aric Almirola Ford 26.973s 0.757 133.467
29 34 Landon Cassill Ford 27.005s 0.789 133.309
30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 27.028s 0.812 133.195
31 83 Lajoie Corey Toyota 27.055s 0.839 133.062
32 72 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 27.061s 0.845 133.033
33 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 27.065s 0.849 133.013
34 38 David Ragan Ford 27.081s 0.865 132.935
35 15 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 27.262s 1.046 132.052
36 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 27.379s 1.163 131.488
37 55 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 27.860s 1.644 129.218
38 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 28.118s 1.902 128.032
39 51 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 28.437s 2.221 126.596

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