Joey Logano On Pole For Sunday’s STP 500

Joey Logano On Pole For Sunday’s STP 500

by March 27, 2015 0 comments

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By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

RIDGEWAY, Va. – Team Penske’s Joey Logano will start on the pole for Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway after winning the Coors Light Pole Award on Friday afternoon.

Logano’s captured the pole by running a lap of 19.232 seconds at 98.461 mph. The pole is his first at Martinsville Speedway. The run marks his second pole of the 2015 season. He sat on the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this season. The effort is also Logano’s fifth top-10 start in six races. Logano is currently second in the point standings, 28 back from Kevin Harvick.

“It feels great to finally get the pole here,” Logano said. “We’ve been close so many times and throughout my career I feel like we’ve always qualified well here, but was never able to get a pole. I caught a hard time about getting the track record here and not getting the pole, so to have a pole to back that up feels great. You win anything at Martinsville is a big deal. This is such a tough race track and it means a lot to say you’ve won something here even if it’s a pole. It’s a good start for us.”

Ryan Newman who was fastest in practice on Friday will start on the front row on Sunday after posting the second fastest lap in Round 3 of Coors Light Pole Qualifying. He has five top-10 starts out of the six races this season. The run marks Newman’s 17th top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway.

“Yeah, it was a good run for our Quicken Loans Chevrolet today,” Newman said. “I wish we could have been just a tick quicker and gotten that pole, but nevertheless it this is the best starting spot we’ve had and it’s obviously a great place to have a good starting spot. Pit selection is important and close. I’m just proud of the guys and we’ll see what we can do with it on Sunday.”

Martin Truex Jr. will start third on Sunday in the STP 500. He has three top-10 starts so far this season, and Friday’s effort marked his third top-10 start at the speedway. Truex Jr. enters the weekend third in the championship point standings, 33 points back from the lead.

“Yeah, it feels good,” Truex Jr. said. “Earlier today we were laughing thinking ‘eh it’s going to rain out we will start third’. We went through a Chinese fire drill of changing the car to qualifying trim. With that rain and all that stuff was happening and only getting two runs in practice and going through all that and we are still third. So, all-in-all it was a lot more work that way, but another good day. The guys did a good job. The car felt good off the trailer. We got off a little bit in that second round there in qualifying and had to make some adjustments. They did just what they needed to do.”

The STP 500 will air live on FOX Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

STP 500 Starting Lineup:
1.) #22 Joey Logano
2.) #31 Ryan Newman
3.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.
4.) #24 Jeff Gordon
5.) #48 Jimmie Johnson
6.) #14 Tony Stewart
7.) #42 Kyle Larson
8.) #20 Matt Kenseth
9.) #5 Kasey Kahne
10.) #47 AJ Allmendinger
11.) #19 Carl Edwards
12.) #2 Brad Keselowski
13.) #27 Paul Menard
14.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
15.) #11 Denny Hamlin
16.) #10 Danica Patrick
17.) #4 Kevin Harvick
18.) #43 Aric Almirola
19.) #1 Jamie McMurray
20.) #18 David Ragan
21.) #51 Justin Allgaier
22.) #3 Austin Dillon
23.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
24.) #13 Casey Mears
25.) #16 Greg Biffle
26.) #41 Kurt Busch
27.) #25 Chase Elliott
28.) #46 Michael Annett
29.) #38 David Gilliland
30.) #15 Clint Bowyer
31.) #98 Josh Wise
32.) #26 Jeb Burton
33.) #55 Brett Moffitt
34.) #40 Landon Cassill
35.) #34 Chris Buescher
36.) #6 Trevor Bayne
37.) #35 Cole Whitt
38.) #9 Sam Hornish Jr.
39.) #7 Alex Bowman
40.) #32 Mike Bliss
41.) #33 Alex Kennedy
42.) #23 JJ Yeley
43.) #83 Matt DiBenedetto

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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