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Logano Wins Pole In Martinsville

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, April 1 2016
Joey Logano is on pole in Martinsville. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)

Joey Logano is on pole in Martinsville. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Joey Logano claimed his third straight pole at Martinsville Speedway Friday and readily admitted that last year’s incident with Matt Kenseth at the half-mile track had become a major motivator for him.

“You have to use things like that to motivate you and your team,” Logano said following qualifying for Sunday’s STP 500. “Re-watching the race, if that doesn’t give you a little fire, nothing does.”

Logano dominated last November’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at the tough short track, leading 207 of the 500 laps, before being taken out by Kenseth on lap 454. The incident eventually cost Logano a chance to advance to the championship round at Homestead and resulted in a two-race suspension of Kenseth.

“I re-watched the race last night,” Logano said after claiming his first pole this season and the 15th of his career. “I went to sleep not very happy, but ready to go.”

With Logano’s pole winning lap of 97.043 mph, 19.513 seconds, the Team Penske driver became the fifth person to accomplish the feat at the paperclip-shaped track and the first since Jeff Gordon 2003-04. The other drivers who have won three straight Martinsville poles are Glen Wood, Darrell Waltrip and Mark Martin.

Joining Logano’s Ford on the front row for Sunday’s 500-lap race is Kasey Kahne in a Chevrolet. Kahne clocked in at 97.033 mph, 19.515 seconds. Rounding out the top five are Brian Vickers, 96.864 mph; Paul Menard, 96.854 and Ryan Newman, 96.736, all in Chevrolets.

Rookies Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney both made it to the final round of qualifying. Elliott claimed the 10th starting position, while Blaney took 12th.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – STP 500

Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville, Virginia

Friday, April 01, 2016

  1. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 97.043 mph.
  2. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 97.033 mph.
  3. (14)  Brian Vickers, Chevrolet, 96.864 mph.
  4. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 96.854 mph.
  5. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 96.736 mph.
  6. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 96.676 mph.
  7. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 96.657 mph.
  8. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 96.642 mph.
  9. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 96.440 mph.
  10. (24)  Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 96.224 mph.
  11. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 96.205 mph.
  12. (21)  Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 96.171 mph.
  13. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 96.637 mph.
  14. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 96.622 mph.
  15. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 96.617 mph.
  16. (78)  Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 96.568 mph.
  17. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 96.474 mph.
  18. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 96.470 mph.
  19. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 96.362 mph.
  20. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 96.244 mph.
  21. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 96.049 mph.
  22. (23)  David Ragan, Toyota, 95.981 mph.
  23. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 95.796 mph.
  24. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 95.714 mph.
  25. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 96.083 mph.
  26. (44)  Brian Scott #, Ford, 95.917 mph.
  27. (95)  Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 95.912 mph.
  28. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 95.888 mph.
  29. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 95.874 mph.
  30. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 95.840 mph.
  31. (98)  Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 95.757 mph.
  32. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 95.612 mph.
  33. (38)  Landon Cassill, Ford, 95.593 mph.
  34. (7)  Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 95.545 mph.
  35. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 95.295 mph.
  36. (34)  Chris Buescher #, Ford, 95.252 mph.
  37. (32)  Joey Gase(i), Ford, 94.817 mph.
  38. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 94.246 mph.
  39. (30)  Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 94.218 mph.
  40. (55)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 0.000 mph.

 

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, April 1 2016
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