Joey Logano Wins Pole for the FireKeepers Casino 400by Kyle Pokrefky June 10, 2016 0 comments
BROOKLYN, Mich. — For the third consecutive week, Joey Logano will start on the front row of a Sprint Cup race, but this time, he’ll be the one leading the field to the green flag.
Logano took the 16th Coors Light Pole Award of his career at Michigan International Speedway on Friday and will start in the first position for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 after running a lap of 36.080 seconds.
Logano’s pole makes for the second consecutive pole award for Team Penske and also makes for his second pole of the season.
“I didn’t know we were so close to that 200 mile per hour average, it would’ve been cool to say we hit that,” Logano said. “Overall, these cars are out of control, but it’s a lot of fun. You’re booking down into the corners at 200-and-something – I don’t know what it is, but it feels really fast. You get to the corner and you got your hands full trying to figure out what you’re going to do. It’s a fun challenge for the drivers. It’s equally as big of a challenge as it is for the race teams.
“Hats off to Team Penske and their engineering department and simulation department to come to a race track without any practice with this package at all and be able to be the fastest car on qualifying day.”
Joining the driver of the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford on the front row for Sunday will be Furniture Row Racing’s Martin Truex Jr., who completed a lap time of 36.178 seconds.
Scheduled to take the green flag in the remaining top-10 positions are Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott.
The first round of qualifying put Hamlin at the top of the scoring pylon with a lap of 36.104 seconds over Logano, who ran a lap of 36.181 seconds in the opening round.
The 20-minute opening round was interrupted twice for two red flag periods – the first being for debris in Turn 3 and the second for an accident by David Ragan in the same corner.
The second round featured the pole-sitter at the head of the speed chart over Joe Gibbs Racing’s Carl Edwards with the pilot of the No. 22 Ford running a lap of 36.001 seconds to Edwards’s 36.148.
Several notable names found themselves facing early eliminations in qualifying with drivers Aric Almirola, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard finding their names bounced from pole contention early.
Two practice sessions await the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday with the first session set to get underway at 9:00 a.m ET.
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