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Joey Logano Wins Third Consecutive Pole At Martinsville Speedway

Joey Logano Wins Third Consecutive Pole At Martinsville Speedway

by April 1, 2016 0 comments

RIDGEWAY, Va. – Joey Logano ran a lap of 19.513 seconds at 97.043 mph to capture the pole on Friday afternoon for Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

The last time the Team Penske driver was at Martinsville Speedway, he and Matt Kenseth had their epic crash; however, Friday afternoon was a much different story. Logano’s pole run marked his third at the speedway and his 15th in the series. In fact, Logano became the fifth driver, who has won three poles in a row at the speedway. The last driver to do so was Jeff Gordon back in 2003 and 2004.

“We’ve got to figure out the race part,” Logano said. “We haven’t got that grandfather clock yet, but qualifying is something that Todd (crew chief, Gordon) and I have wrapped our heads around and really understand what we have to do inside the race car and outside the race car.  I couldn’t be more proud of these guys.  I say all the time that Martinsville is the most important track to start up front and that’s when you’ve got to come here and really show what you’ve got.  Everyone back at the shop, the way they build these cars, they did a great job for us today.”

Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne had a strong second place effort. It’s his ninth top-10 starting effort at Martinsville Speedway and his second so far this season. In Round One, Kahne just barely made the cut as he was 19th fastest. He jumped up to fourth fastest in Round Two. Kahne was sixth in the one and only practice on Friday.

“It feels good,” Kahne said. “The car was really fast, this Great Clips Chevrolet. The guys did a nice job in practice and in qualifying. I just kept getting better with my laps. We didn’t make any adjustments. The car is fine. Just let me get my laps a little better. So we did that, and it was close. Joey (Logano, pole winner) just barely got us. But it is definitely a good starting spot. That was one of my goals today was to help out on pit road. Pit road is huge here. We have the best pit crew for stops, than anyone, in my opinion. And if I can help them on pit road, myself, and get a better spot, I think all that will be beneficial on Sunday.”

Brian Vickers posted the third fastest lap during Round Three of Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Friday. He was fastest in practice earlier in the day. The qualifying effort is his first top-10 of the 2016 season. He has four career top-10 starts at the speedway. Vickers was second In Round One of qualifying and third in Round Two.

“The guys did a really good job,” Vickers said. “We were so close; the No. 22 (Joey Logano) was really strong. I thought we had it when he ran a 51 (19.51) I thought we could beat that. We made a small adjustment going into the last round and I don’t know maybe that hurt us a little bit. It is so tight. We are fighting for hundredths of a second, thousandths of a second, but everybody on the No. 14 Chevrolet did a good job. I’m really proud of everyone. Mike (Bugarewicz, crew chief) gave me a great race car. Everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevy, it’s an honor to put the Arnie’s Army and Janssen Chevrolet in the top three.”

Starting fourth is Paul Menard, followed by Ryan Newman. Rounding out the top-10 is AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Chase Elliott.

“I thought we made a lot of gains,” Elliott said. “I was really just proud of the effort from where we ended practice to where we qualified. I think that just goes to show the kind of work ethic these guys have and not giving up, not quitting. Obviously, it’s just Friday it is the beginning to a long weekend. That is every weekend. Qualifying is just a starting spot. We’ve got to recognize that we’ve got to be good for 500 laps here on Sunday and that is what we have to work on tomorrow.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 will broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

STP 500 Starting Lineup:

1.) #22 Joey Logano

2.) #5 Kasey Kahne

3.) #14 Brian Vickers

4.) #27 Paul Menard

5.) #31 Ryan Newman

6.) #47 AJ Allmendinger

7.) #18 Kyle Busch

8.) #11 Denny Hamlin

9.) #20 Matt Kenseth

10.) #24 Chase Elliott

11.) #2 Brad Keselowski

12.) #21 Ryan Blaney

13.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

14.) #16 Greg Biffle

15.) #1 Jamie McMurray

16.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.

17.) #42 Kyle Larson

18.) #13 Casey Mears

19.) #4 Kevin Harvick

20.) #43 Aric Almirola

21.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

22.) #23 David Ragan

23.) #41 Kurt Busch

24.) #48 Jimmie Johnson

25.) #19 Carl Edwards

26.) #44 Brian Scott

27.) #95 Michael McDowell

28.) #10 Danica Patrick

29.) #3 Austin Dillon

30.) #15 Clint Bowyer

31.) #98 Cole Whitt

32.) #6 Trevor Bayne

33.) #38 Landon Cassill

34.) #7 Regan Smith

35.) #83 Matt DiBenedetto

36.) #34 Chris Buescher

37.) #32 Joey Gase

38.) #46 Michael Annett

39.) #30 Josh Wise

40.) #55 Reed Sorenson

 

Photo Credit: Camille Jones

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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