Logano Speeds To Pole At Martinsville
Joey Logano will start from the pole position on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)
Team Penske’s Joey Logano on Friday won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
The pole was the second of the season for Logano and the 10th of his career in the series.
It was Logano’s first pole in Cup at the historic Martinsville short track.
“It feels great to finally get the pole here,” he 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. To get out there, obviously, starting towards the front here is a huge advantage, probably bigger than most race tracks because it allows you the first run to be able to pace yourself a little bit and make sure you have some race car at the end of this thing.”
Logano covered the .526-mile distance in 19.232 seconds (98.461 mph).
Qualifying second fastest was Richard Childress Racing’s Ryan Newman, who posted the fastest speed during opening practice earlier in the day.
“I hate getting beat,” Newman said. “But Joey (Logano) won the pole here last fall. We’ve got a good Quicken Loans Chevrolet. We actually started in race trim and got one run in qualifying trim and went to P1. So, I felt like we were super competitive and just got beat by just a little bit. So, we’ll obviously focus on race trim like Read the full story »