Logano Wins Third-Straight XFINITY Pole At The Glen

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Joey Logano won the pole for Saturday’s Zippo 200 (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America photo).

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Joey Logano doesn’t have to go far in pursuit of his third straight XFINITY Series victory at Watkins Glen International.

Logano scored his third-consecutive pole at the 2.45-mile track after running a lap of 71.023 seconds (124.185 mph) to lead the field to green in Saturday’s Zippo 200.

“This is a good start for our Snap-On Ford Mustang team,” Logano said. “It was a good run; our car’s got a lot of speed. We showed it in practice yesterday and it’s nice to be able to show it again in qualifying.” “We’ve got a long race ahead of us, though. A lot of things can happen, but we’ve got a car that’s capable (of winning) if we just execute our plan.”

The Team Penske driver hopes the extra time Saturday pays dividends on Sunday when he chases a win at the Glen to secure his spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs after an encumbered win in April at Richmond.

“Today definitely helps for Sunday, for a lot of reasons,” he said. “It’s a little confidence booster, and right now that’s not a bad thing. Any time you can get more laps on a road course, it’s good for the driver and even for the pit crew, letting them get used to the backwards pit stops we do here. It’s just good to get experience and knock the rust off the road course stuff.”

The 2015 Daytona 500 winner’s fast mark was also the seventh-straight XFINITY Series pole for Team Penske at Watkins Glen and the team’s ninth pole overall on the New York road course.

The No. 12 car has started first in five of the last six XFINITY races at the Glen.

Kyle Busch led the first round of Coors Light Pole Qualifying in his No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota while still searching for his first XFINITY win in the Finger Lakes. Busch wasn’t able to replicate a pole-winning lap but starts alongside Logano’s Ford.

Busch is followed by another Kyle (Larson) in third as Cup drivers swept the top-six spots in qualifying. Paul Menard and Brad Keselowski completed the top-five with Erik Jones book-ending the Cuppers.

Justin Allgaier was the leading JR Motorsports driver and highest among series regulars, followed by Daniel Hemric and Cole Custer as top XFINITY drivers. Kevin Harvick returns to the series for the first time since Kentucky and rolls off 10th for the 82-lap race.

P.J. Jones in the No. 25 Chevrolet was the lone DNQ for the race as 41 cars attempted to make the field.

The green flag for Saturday’s Zippo 200 drops shortly after 2 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM).

Full qualifying results can be viewed on the next page…

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