Joey Logano Scores Third Pole of XFINITY Season at Michigan

Joey Logano Scores Third Pole of XFINITY Season at Michigan

by June 13, 2015 0 comments

BROOKLYN, Mich. — With a little help from the clock, Joey Logano scored his third pole of the XFINITY Series season at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday morning and will lead the field to green for the Great Clips 250.

Logano completed a lap time of 37.183 seconds in the third and final round of qualifying to score the Coors Light Pole Award for today’s race, yet the driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford set a track record with his lap of 37.157 seconds set in the first round.

Completing the top-10 of the starting lineup for today’s 125-lap race will be Brian Scott, Darrell Wallace Jr., Kyle Larson, Paul Menard, Brendan Gaughan, Kevin Harvick, Regan Smith, Ty Dillon and Daniel Suárez.

Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch were the other drivers to make it into Q3, yet both completed the session without having officially recorded a lap as they did not hit the start/finish line in time to start a lap after waiting on pit road – a common theme throughout time trials today.

Had they made it, Elliott was to be the polesitter for today’s race, yet moments after completing his fast lap, the driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet had his lap invalidated.

When asked if it was frustrating having to wait on pit road – a byproduct of the group qualifying format – Elliott said it was just a part of said format.

“It’s really not, it’s just part of the game,” Elliott stated. “We’ll just try to go have a good race, that’s all we can do.”

With conditions constantly changing throughout the day (setup and weather-wise) and with potential showers in the area for today’s race, polesitter Logano believes that his car should be able to hold up and stay out front today.

“I hope so, it’s a fast car,” Logano said. “But, qualifying doesn’t always mean it’ll transfer over, but it seems like it may.”

As for whether he’ll be racing to halfway, he’s leaving that decision up to crew chief Greg Erwin.

“I haven’t looked at the radar,” Logano added. “It’s up to the crew chief to figure out what he wants to do there. But, we’re still a few hours away from the race and let’s see how the weather plays out. We’ve just got to be ready for anything.”

Logano set the bar with his record-breaking lap in Q1 in a session that eliminated Blake Koch, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Landon Cassill and Cale Conley, among others, from pole contention.

The red flag was waved once in Q1 for a solo accident involving the No. 26 JGL Graphics Toyota of C.J. Faison, who was eliminated with the 30th-fastest time of the session.

Dillon was fastest in Q2 with a lap of 37.205 seconds that safely advanced him to the final round. Drivers such as Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, Elliott Sadler, Ryan Reed and Chris Buescher were not as lucky and were unable to advance to Q3.

Today’s Great Clips 250 is scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m ET and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.

Top-10 Qualifiers for the Great Clips 250

  1. 22 – Joey Logano(i) – Ford – Team Penske – 37.183 | Leader
  2. 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 37.229 | -0.046
  3. 6 – Darrell Wallace Jr.# – Ford – Roush Fenway Racing – 37.252 | -0.069
  4. 42 – Kyle Larson(i) – Chevrolet – HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi – 37.265 | -0.082
  5. 33 – Paul Menard(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 37.382 | -0.199
  6. 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 37.395 | -0.212
  7. 88 – Kevin Harvick(i) – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 37.446 | -0.263
  8. 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 37.606 | -0.423
  9. 3 – Ty Dillon – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 37.617 | -0.434
  10. 18 – Daniel Suárez# – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 37.630 | -0.447

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