Logano strikes late to win Martinsville pole

Joey Logano
Joey Logano

Joey Logano led a Ford charge in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at Martinsville speedway on Saturday, winning the pole with a speed of 97.830 mph. Aric Almirola will start on the outside of the front row. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick will take up the second row. Denny Hamlin was the only non-Ford driver to crack the top 5. William Byron’s last-second run made him the top Chevrolet driver in sixth.

Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch round out the top 10, with Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson posting the 11th and 12-place runs respectively to finish out the final round.

Denny Hamlin led the way in Round 1, posting a speed of 97.835 mph to top Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Michael McDowell waged a last-second battle to advance to Round 2, with McDowell procuring the 24th and final spot. Stenhouse had posted a top-10 speed earlier in the round but it was disallowed by NASCAR after Stenhouse sped on pit road, testing a new regulation for the first time since it was implemented. Neither Corey LaJoie nor Cody Ware made a lap after suffering damage in practice and will start 35th and 36th respectively.

Round 2 was all about Hamlin again as he posted a top speed of 97.683 to take that round as well. Harvick, Almirola, Chase Elliott and Larson took the top 5 spots. Notably failing to advance to the final round was Truck Series winner Kyle Busch, who will start 14th Sunday.

Results

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 19.356 97.830
2 10 Aric Almirola SHAZAM!/Smithfield Ford 19.393 97.643
3 2 Brad Keselowski Reese/Draw Tite Ford 19.430 97.458
4 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford 19.445 97.382
5 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 19.449 97.362
6 24 William Byron Axalta Chevrolet 19.481 97.202
7 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 19.502 97.098
8 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 19.511 97.053
9 19 Martin Truex Jr. SiriusXM Toyota 19.518 97.018
10 41 Daniel Suarez Haas Automation Ford 19.556 96.830
11 14 Clint Bowyer Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford 19.581 96.706
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 19.608 96.573
13 37 Chris Buescher Kroger Speed Up Your Cleanup Chevrolet 19.571 96.755
14 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Chocolate Bar Toyota 19.579 96.716
15 21 Paul Menard Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 19.583 96.696
16 47 Ryan Preece # Kroger Chevrolet 19.588 96.671
17 88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Chevrolet 19.593 96.647
18 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Libman Ford 19.602 96.602
19 20 Erik Jones DeWalt Toyota 19.602 96.602
20 1 Kurt Busch GEARWRENCH/Monster Energy Chevrolet 19.623 96.499
21 6 Ryan Newman Acorns Ford 19.626 96.484
22 95 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota 19.630 96.465
23 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 19.652 96.357
24 34 Michael McDowell A&W All American Foods Ford 19.695 96.146
25 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 19.664 96.298
26 38 David Ragan MDS Transport Ford 19.703 96.107
27 43 Bubba Wallace Transporation Impact Chevrolet 19.742 95.917
28 00 Landon Cassill CGS Imaging Chevrolet 19.785 95.709
29 8 Daniel Hemric # Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Chevrolet 19.807 95.603
30 3 Austin Dillon Symbicort Chevrolet 19.814 95.569
31 15 Ross Chastain(i) Rim Riderz Chevrolet 19.846 95.415
32 36 Matt Tifft # Surface Sunscreen/Tunity Ford 19.846 95.415
33 52 Jeb Burton(i) Muzzy Bowfishing Chevrolet 19.998 94.689
34 77 DJ Kennington(i) Go-Parts Chevrolet 20.013 94.618
35 32 Corey LaJoie CorvetteParts.net Ford 0.000 0.000
36 51 Cody Ware # Jacob Companies Chevrolet 0.000 0.000

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