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Logano Captures Pocono Pole

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 6 2011

Joey Logano won his second pole of the season on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Gregg Ellman)


Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Saturday afternoon.

Logano posted at lap at 172.055 mph.

The pole was his second of the season, with his other coming at Infineon Raceway’s road course. It was the third pole of Logano’s Cup career.

“It surprised me,” Logano said. “Two poles this year at places that I’ve never really qualified well at.  It goes to show how hard all my guys have been working and trying to figure out certain things.  It’s awesome – Zip (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief) and the boys did awesome today.  Really good Home Depot Toyota – our car drove pretty much just the way we needed it to.  I got the lap just about right.  I felt like I might have been able to get a little more off of one, but after watching the tracker on TV – that’s where I beat everybody so maybe it was good that I was conservative there.”

Kasey Kahne had a lap at 171.648 mph to qualify second fastest.

Third was Martin Truex Jr. with a lap at 171.494 mph.

Fourth was points leader Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle and kevin Harvick.

Missing the race are Mike Skinner, T.J. Bell and Geoffrey Bodine.

Logano still has not won a race and neither is he in the top 10 in points. A victory at Pocono could be huge for his Chase hopes.

“Obviously, have a really fast race car and in qualifying trim it was really fast,” he said. “I think in race trim I have a pretty good car.  You never know here though.  The track seems to change a lot throughout the race so we just have to be on our game and I have to give Zip the right information to make our race car as fast as it can be throughout the race.  Starting up front with clean air is worth a million bucks here.  It’s unreal, but it’s like that everywhere now since all the cars are so close.  Being able to start up front and getting a good pit stall – all that stuff is definitely going to help us out a lot for Sunday.  Pretty pumped up about that.”

Likewise, Kahne probably needs a victory to keep Chase hopes alive.

“I care because I want to make the Chase,” Kahne, driver of the Red Bull Racing No. 4 Toyota, said. “That’s kind of where we started the season – we want to win races and we want to make the Chase and I feel like the Red Bull guys are capable if we put an entire race together.  We just need to keep working on that.  We’ve been close, we’ve had a really good car at a lot of these races this year.  But I don’t think we’ve put that entire race together and that’s something that we’re working hard at, but the wild card is getting close to being our only chance of making the Chase.  If we can win one, stay consistent and keep the points then I think we’ll have a shot at that.  These are some really good tracks for my team and myself over the years and we just need to stay after it and hopefully grab one.”

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 6 2011
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