NSCS: On Top Again; Joey Logano Nabs First-Career Coors Light Pole Award at Martinsville

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Report by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell – Max Sullivan/Getty Images North America photo —

Joey Logano placed his No. 22 Pennzoil Ford on pole position for Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, the sixth race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, this evening. Logano earned the top starting position following a lap of 19.232 seconds (98.461 mph).

“It feels great to finally get the pole here,” Logano said. “We’ve been so close so many times and throughout my career I feel like we’ve always qualified well here, but were never able to get the pole.”

Following a triumph in the Daytona 500 last month, Logano will be searching for his 10th career win in Sprint Cup Series competition after recording his 10th career pole this evening.

“You win anything at Martinsville, it’s a big deal,” Logano explained. “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.”

Along with it being his first Coors Light Pole Award at Martinsville, the Middletown, Connecticut native will also be hunting for his first win at the paperclip – a track he has scored three previous top five finishes at.

Richard Childress Racing veteran Ryan Newman (98.328) qualified second – his best starting spot this season – as he looks for his second win at Martinsville this weekend.

““Yeah, it was a good run for our Quicken Loans Chevrolet today,” Newman said. “I wish we could have been just a tick quicker and gotten that pole, but nevertheless it this is the best starting spot we’ve had and it’s obviously a great place to have a good starting spot. Pit selection is important and close.  I’m just proud of the guys and we’ll see what we can do with it on Sunday.”

Martin Truex Jr. (98.048), who has opened up the 2015 season with five straight top ten finishes, will start third with Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jeff Gordon (97.613) and Jimmie Johnson (97.583) closing out the top five positions.

Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, and JTG Daughtery Racing’s AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top ten spots.

Defending Martinsville winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 14th and Hendrick Motorsports rookie Chase Elliott, who is making his Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend, will start in the 27th spot.

“It’s definitely a big relief for us,” Elliott said. “We’re excited. It’s weird being excited about qualifying, wherever we qualified, 27th, but we’re in the show, our first Sprint Cup Series race with NAPA on board. We’re excited for Sunday.”

Sunday’s 500-mile race can be seen live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Sunday afternoon.


RESULTS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying; Martinsville Speedway; March 20, 2015

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Ryan Newman
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Jeff Gordon
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Tony Stewart
  7. Kyle Larson
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Kasey Kahne
  10. AJ Allmendinger
  11. Carl Edwards
  12. Brad Keselowski
  13. Paul Menard
  14. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  15. Denny Hamlin
  16. Danica Patrick
  17. Kevin Harvick
  18. Aric Almirola
  19. Jamie McMurray
  20. David Ragan
  21. Justin Allgaier
  22. Austin Dillon
  23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  24. Casey Mears
  25. Greg Biffle
  26. Kurt Busch
  27. Chase Elliott
  28. Michael Annett
  29. David Gilliland
  30. Clint Bowyer
  31. Josh Wise
  32. Jeb Burton
  33. Brett Moffitt
  34. Landon Cassill
  35. Chris Buescher
  36. Trevor Bayne
  37. Cole Whitt
  38. Sam Hornish Jr.
  39. Alex Bowman
  40. Mike Bliss
  41. Alex Kennedy
  42. J.J. Yeley
  43. Matt DiBenedetto


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