WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — If you don’t think Team Penske has got qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series figured out at Watkins Glen Int’l, all you have to do is look at their past (and present) history.
Joey Logano carried the No. 12 Snap-On Tools Ford Mustang to the top of the scoreboard in the final knockout round of Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday morning, posting a lap of 1:11.023 (124.185 mph) on his pole run.
It sets Logano up to potentially make a page of history in the 82-lap race by becoming the first driver to win three-straight races at the Glen from pole position.
But perhaps more impressively, Logano’s pole this time around marks the seventh-consecutive year that a Roger Penske-owned XFINITY car has headed the charts in qualifying, with four different drivers contributing to that honor.
Kurt Busch (2011), Sam Hornish Jr. (2012 & 2013), Brad Keselowski (2014) and Logano (2015-17) have all scored poles for the Captain during that span, part of a career total of 58 XFINITY Series poles by Team Penske.
In total, Team Penske has nine-career XFINITY poles at Watkins Glen, with Busch leading qualifying in back-to-back years in 2006 and 2007 prior to the team’s current run.
And Logano had a simple answer as to the secret behind Penske’s qualifying prowess at the picturesque 2.454-mile road course in upstate New York as he headed back to the Cup garage for final practice on Saturday afternoon.
“Fast race cars,” he smiled.
And those are often proven to lead to success.
After all, just look at where Logano’s stood the last two years at the end of the day in Watkins Glen.