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White Hot Logano Claims Martinsville Pole

| , RacinToday.com Friday, October 30 2015
Joey Logano will start the first race of the third round of the Chase P1. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)

Joey Logano will start the first race of the third round of the Chase P1. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)


The hottest driver in Sprint Cup got even hotter on Friday when he won the pole for Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

Logano, who has won the last three races, won the Martinsville pole by edging fellow Chaser Martin Truex Jr.

Logano’s pole winning numbers were 19.215 seconds and 98.548 mph.

“It’s an amazing run we’re on right now,” the Team Penske driver said. “This Shell/Pennzoil team is unbelievable.  I’m just the lucky guy that gets to drive this thing right now.  It’s so much fun.  We’re doing everything right, but all of that can end in a blink of an eye, so we just have to keep our focus.  Starting first here, and really anywhere towards the front here at Martinsville pays off bigger than probably most race tracks.  Having that great pit stall up front as well as staying up towards the front and keeping your fenders on it the whole race is important, so, like I said, I couldn’t be more proud of these guys right now.”

The Martinsville race is the first of the third round of the Chase playoffs and place where pit stall locations are important.

“A good pit stall is really important here, obviously,” Truex Jr. said. “We qualified third here in the spring. Honestly I didn’t know we had a car that was that fast today. We stuck with it. The guys did a good job making adjustments there, and we got quicker each round. That’s what you’ve got to do. It’s a good starting spot for tomorrow and we’ll see what we can do with it. We’re looking forward to it.”

Eight-time Martinsville winner Jeff Gordon qualified for his final run at the track by qualifying fifth at 97.896 mph.

“I don’t think anybody had a shot at Joey, really,” said Gordon, who is retiring from the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at the end of the season. “He’s in a league of his own and he has been here, qualifying all year. But we wanted to make a big effort at it and I felt like we did.

“The first two rounds went exactly as planned, and it didn’t feel too bad there (in round 3), but just lacked a little bit of speed. When you go to three rounds, it really changes things dramatically, trying to save tires and see how hard you can push it and keeping up with the balance. I thought we executed really well and came up a little bit short.”

(This story will be updated shortly)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500

Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville, Virginia

Friday, October 30, 2015

  1. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 98.548 mph.
  2. (78)  Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 98.487 mph.
  3. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 98.068 mph.
  4. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 98.007 mph.
  5. (24)  Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 97.896 mph.
  6. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 97.850 mph.
  7. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 97.724 mph.
  8. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 97.684 mph.
  9. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 97.618 mph.
  10. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 97.503 mph.
  11. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 97.448 mph.
  12. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 97.347 mph.
  13. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 97.891 mph.
  14. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 97.835 mph.
  15. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 97.800 mph.
  16. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 97.734 mph.
  17. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 97.714 mph.
  18. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 97.437 mph.
  19. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 97.362 mph.
  20. (9)  Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 97.242 mph.
  21. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 97.113 mph.
  22. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 97.083 mph.
  23. (51)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 96.800 mph.
  24. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 97.689 mph.
  25. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 97.633 mph.
  26. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 97.593 mph.
  27. (40)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 97.427 mph.
  28. (55)  David Ragan, Toyota, 97.392 mph.
  29. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 97.337 mph.
  30. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 97.078 mph.
  31. (35)  Cole Whitt, Ford, 97.013 mph.
  32. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 96.959 mph.
  33. (38)  David Gilliland, Ford, 96.924 mph.
  34. (34)  Brett Moffitt #, Ford, 96.731 mph.
  35. (23)  Jeb Burton #, Toyota, 96.711 mph.
  36. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto #, Toyota, 96.612 mph.
  37. (98)  Ryan Preece, Ford, Owner Points
  38. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Owner Points
  39. (26)  JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, Owner Points
  40. (32)  Kyle Fowler, Ford, Owner Points
  41. (7)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, Owner Points
  42. (62)  Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, Owner Points
  43. (33)  Alex Kennedy #, Chevrolet, Owner Points



| , RacinToday.com Friday, October 30 2015
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