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Logano On Pole In Michigan

| , RacinToday.com Friday, June 10 2016
Joey Logano is on pole in Michigan. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)

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


Joey Logano captured the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.

The pole was Logano’s second of the season – the other coming at the Martinsville short track – and comes on the heels of two straight weekends in which he qualifying second fastest.

“It feels good,” the Team Penske driver said. “Finally we were able to break through. The last two weeks have stunk for me and my team. We have won the first two rounds the last few weeks and qualified second. Now we figured out how to be second in the first round and first in the last two. That is a good move. I couldn’t be more proud of the team and the effort they put in to this new package. This is such an unknown showing up here so it is cool to show what all the engineers and simulation department were able to do to put together a good package off the truck. I am very happy to be driving this car.”

Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing will start next to Logano on the front row after qualifying second fastest in the three-round session.

“It was definitely an exciting run that third round,” Truex said. “We freed the car up quite a bit and it was pretty ‘slideways’ going into turn three so it was a lot of fun out there. Sunday is going to be a blast – get the tape off and get the race setups in the race cars and get that sun on the track all day. It’s going to get slick and it’s going to be a lot of fun so looking forward to that. All in all, it was a good day for us. We had to work hard on it today and had trouble getting through tech. Our first run was pretty bad, our second run was better and our third run was pretty good so really proud of the guys on the Denver Mattress Furniture Row Toyota. We came out with a good result so it was good. We just keep digging and never give up – front row starting spot is pretty decent.”

Third fastest was Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing.

“It felt really good,” Stewart said. “We were really loose in practice and Mike (Bugarewicz, crew chief) did a great job in the break there of making some big changes to get us caught up. It got my confidence back there and made me feel like I finally had the right-rear (tire) in the track there.  Now we can hustle a little bit.”

(This story will be updated shortly)


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – FireKeepers Casino 400
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Friday, June 10, 2016

  1. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 199.557 mph.
  2. (78)  Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 199.016 mph.
  3. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 198.950 mph.
  4. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 198.774 mph.
  5. (21)  Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 198.588 mph.
  6. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 198.369 mph.
  7. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 198.194 mph.
  8. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 198.014 mph.
  9. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 197.819 mph.
  10. (24)  Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 197.352 mph.
  11. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 196.549 mph.
  12. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 195.111 mph.
  13. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 197.873 mph.
  14. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 197.753 mph.
  15. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 197.569 mph.
  16. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 197.498 mph.
  17. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 197.179 mph.
  18. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 196.856 mph.
  19. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 196.533 mph.
  20. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 196.490 mph.
  21. (95)  Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 196.207 mph.
  22. (34)  Chris Buescher #, Ford, 196.137 mph.
  23. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 196.127 mph.
  24. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 195.759 mph.
  25. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 196.185 mph.
  26. (44)  Brian Scott #, Ford, 196.132 mph.
  27. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 196.078 mph.
  28. (38)  Landon Cassill, Ford, 195.961 mph.
  29. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 195.934 mph.
  30. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 195.785 mph.
  31. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 195.408 mph.
  32. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 194.805 mph.
  33. (7)  Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 193.668 mph.
  34. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 192.725 mph.
  35. (23)  David Ragan, Toyota, 192.704 mph.
  36. (55)  Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 191.225 mph.
  37. (30)  Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 189.823 mph.
  38. (32)  Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Ford, 189.120 mph.
  39. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 187.705 mph.
  40. (98)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 185.620 mph.
| , RacinToday.com Friday, June 10 2016
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