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Joey Logano On Pole For Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 At Richmond International Raceway

Joey Logano On Pole For Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 At Richmond International Raceway

by September 11, 2015 0 comments

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RICHMOND, Va. – Joey Logano will sit on the pole for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, after running a lap of 21.349 seconds at 126.470 mph in Coors light Pole Qualifying on Friday.

Logano now has five poles this season, as well as 19 top-10 starts. He earned his first pole at the raceway earlier this season. Logano and his No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford team are coming off a strong fourth place finish at Darlington Raceway. They are also locked into this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“I am proud of my team.” Logano said. “This is a tough place to qualify because the track is changing with the sun going down and a lot of tire wear. The car changes a lot through each run. I am proud of the adjustments they made in making my car faster and allowing me to do my part and ending up with a nice starting spot again. It is nice to have a good starting spot here.”

Matt Kenseth had a disappointing performance at Darlington Raceway, but he will start second on Saturday night in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota. He has 14 top-10 starts this season, and he is also locked into this year’s Chase. Kenseth has only seven career top-10 starts in 31 events at the raceway.

“The second round we had a little bit to work on and in the third round a little work on too but I didn’t get 1 and 2 right,” Kenseth said. “I got a little too aggressive getting back to the gas and that messed up my center and my exit and I knew I left all the time there and we weren’t really setup to run a fast second lap. That was kind of it. I feel bad I kind of messed that up but hopefully we’ll have a fast car tomorrow night and we can keep it up front.”

Starting third will be Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford who is coming off a second place finish at Darlington Raceway. Keselowski will join his teammate, Joey Logano in this year’s Chase. Out of the 26 races so far this season, Keselowski has started with the top-10 in 16 of them. Keselowski has 10 top-10 starts at Richmond International Raceway.

“Not bad,” Keselowski said. “I probably made a little mistake in the second round that cost us a shot at the pole but all in all we end up third and that is not too bad. I am really happy with the speed we have in race trim. It has good speed. We just have to keep working on it. It is an ever evolving target.”

Kyle Busch and David Ragan will start fourth and fifth. Ragan is the only driver outside of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup who qualified within the top-five on Friday afternoon. Rounding out the top-10 is Kevin Harvick, Bojangles’ Southern 500 winner Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart.

The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway will broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night.

Federated Auto Parts 400 Starting Lineup:

1.) #22 Joey Logano

2.) #20 Matt Kenseth

3.) #2 Brad Keselowski

4.) #18 Kyle Busch

5.) #55 David Ragan

6.) #4 Kevin Harvick

7.) #19 Carl Edwards

8.) #41 Kurt Busch

9.) #48 Jimmie Johnson

10.) #14 Tony Stewart

11.) #42 Kyle Larson

12.) #3 Austin Dillon

13.) #31 Ryan Newman

14.) #10 Danica Patrick

15.) #13 Casey Mears

16.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.

17.) #33 Brian Scott

18.) #51 Justin Allgaier

19.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

20.) #5 Kasey Kahne

21.) #47 AJ Allmendinger

22.) #27 Paul Menard

23.) #24 Jeff Gordon

25.) #11 Denny Hamlin

26.) #15 Clint Bowyer

27.) #46 Michael Annett

28.) #6 Trevor Bayne

29.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

30.) #38 David Gilliland

31.) #1 Jamie McMurray

32.) #9 Sam Hornish Jr.

33.) #83 Matt DiBenedetto

34.) #35 Cole Whitt

35.) #40 Landon Cassill

36.) #7 Alex Bowman

37.) #34 Brett Moffitt

38.) #16 Greg Biffle

39.) #95 Michael McDowell

40.) #98 Reed Sorenson

41.) #23 Jeb Burton

42.) #32 Jeffrey Earnhardt

43.) #26 JJ Yeley

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.

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