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Logano wins pole for season finale

NASCAR Sprint Cup at Homestead
Friday, November 16, 2012

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Joey Logano
Joey Logano won the pole Friday for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with championship contenders Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson in third and tenth respectively.

Keselowski will start third Sunday in the 400-mile race. He takes a 20-point lead into the finale over five-time champion Johnson.

Keselowski only needs to finish 15th or better – or 16th or better if he leads at least one lap, and 17th or better if he leads the most laps – to win a first Cup championship for himself and team owner Roger Penske.

Logano will be driving his final race for Joe Gibbs Racing. He is moving to Penske Racing next season and will be Keselowski's teammate.

JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot/redbeacon.com Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 

1st How is your race car?
"These guys have given me a really good RedBeacon.com Toyota here.  We were good in practice and they made the right adjustments for us to make sure it was good when the sun went down.  They did their part and I did my part, and it came out perfect.  I appreciate it.  My last run with them -- so it's awesome to get a pole for them again."

Do you have a good car for the race?
"We only made a couple runs today.  We really focused on qualifying trim today.  We got tomorrow to really focus on our race trim stuff.  Typically, if a car is fast here it should be fast in race trim too.  The car's got speed in it.  We just got to make sure it has the longevity in it."

Is this a good start to the weekend?
"Heck yeah, it's a really good weekend so far.  That's awesome to get the pole like that.  The guys worked their butts off. We got one more."

How does it feel to earn the pole for your last race with Joe Gibbs Racing?
"To go out there in our final race with JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) and go out there and get a pole for those guys, they deserve it. All those guys back at the shop -- I've been working with them since I was 15 years old so it's really neat to get them a pole here at Homestead.  Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) and all of the guys on the Redbeacon.com car did a very good job today in practice getting the car to where it needed to be.  Then, the tough part is knowing what the car is going to do when the sun goes down and to make sure the car's still got that speed.  They gave me the car I needed to do what I had to do and I did what I had to do and we got the pole, so everything went as planned."

When did you realize this is the last race with Joe Gibbs Racing?
"Really, during this week.  I didn't really think about it much until I went to the shop and the guys started coming up to you and shaking your hand and all, and you're like, 'Holy cow.  This is really it.'  It's definitely kind of been really interesting for me on how that's been going.  I'll be sure to go back to the shop one more time and make sure I shake everybody's hands and thank them for all of the years that they've supported me and put in a lot of hard work and time for me to go out there and win some races.  That's going to be interesting for sure, but I'm also looking forward to going to Penske with Shell Pennzoil and working with Brad (Keselowski) and Roger (Penske) and Todd Gordon (future crew chief) and going out there and doing the same thing over there."

What's your goal when you are in the race car this weekend?
"Goal number one is to win the race no matter what.  No matter where we go, no matter who else is on the race track, no matter what is going on, it's all about winning.  Really, that stuff doesn't matter.  Obviously, I'm going to race the guys racing for a championship clean.  I don't want to be the guy that gets in the middle of that, but at the same time I'm out there to win and that's what we're going to try to do."

How would you summarize your season?
"This sport is a rollercoaster and there's a lot of ups and downs every weekend -- even throughout the weekend.  You can have a good Sprint Cup car and a bad Nationwide car, or vice versa.  One week you're on top of your game and the next week you're in the bottom of the pile.    It's a very tough sport for sure.  This year is no different.  We had our win at Pocono -- that went really well.  But, we also had some tough luck and we've had some ups and downs.  I feel like as we go through those we learn from it and we become stronger.  Each year I seem like I've gone through a lot of that, but on the Nationwide side I couldn't ask for anything more.  One for the thumb is what we've been saying so we can get 10 (wins).  That's what we are going to try to do tomorrow night."

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot / redbeacon.com 176.056 30.672 Leader
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Black & Decker 175.342 30.797 -0.125
3 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 175.092 30.841 -0.169
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 175.001 30.857 -0.185
5 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 174.887 30.877 -0.205
6 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 174.752 30.901 -0.229
7 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 174.644 30.920 -0.248
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 174.565 30.934 -0.262
9 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 174.452 30.954 -0.282
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 174.081 31.020 -0.348
11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 173.980 31.038 -0.366
12 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 173.969 31.040 -0.368
13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / SP Richards 173.930 31.047 -0.375
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 173.807 31.069 -0.397
15 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 20 Years 'Celebratory' 173.740 31.081 -0.409
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 173.472 31.129 -0.457
17 22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 173.110 31.194 -0.522
18 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Duracell 173.077 31.200 -0.528
19 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 172.988 31.216 -0.544
20 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 172.662 31.275 -0.603
21 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 172.640 31.279 -0.607
22 30 David Stremme Toyota Swan Racing 172.563 31.293 -0.621
23 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 172.546 31.296 -0.624
24 51 Regan Smith Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 172.507 31.303 -0.631
25 98 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 172.474 31.309 -0.637
26 78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Furniture Row 172.265 31.347 -0.675
27 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Fifth Third Bank 172.106 31.376 -0.704
28 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 172.057 31.385 -0.713
29 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical 171.882 31.417 -0.745
30 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 171.756 31.440 -0.768
31 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Florida Lottery 171.745 31.442 -0.770
32 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox 171.679 31.454 -0.782
33 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 171.630 31.463 -0.791
34 34 David Ragan Ford CertainTeed / 31-W Insulation 171.581 31.472 -0.800
35 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 171.483 31.490 -0.818
36 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 171.445 31.497 -0.825
37 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet TMone.com 171.222 31.538 -0.866
38 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 170.832 31.610 -0.938
39 37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet C&C Audio Video & Appliance, Inc. 170.762 31.623 -0.951
40 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 170.692 31.636 -0.964
41 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver's 170.665 31.641 -0.969
42 179 Reed Sorenson Toyota United Supermarkets / reload.biz 170.277 31.713 -1.041
43 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 170.057 31.754 -1.082
DNQ 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 170.052 31.755 -1.083
DNQ 191 Jason Leffler Toyota Plinker Tactical 170.036 31.758 -1.086
DNQ 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 169.609 31.838 -1.166
DNQ 32 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts 169.476 31.863 -1.191

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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