NASCAR Martinsville: Joey Logano takes Sprint Cup pole position

Joey Logano continued his strong NASCAR Sprint Cup form by claiming pole for Sunday's Martinsville Speedway race in his Penske Ford

NASCAR Martinsville: Joey Logano takes Sprint Cup pole position

Logano won all three rounds of the previous stage of the Chase, then topped both the morning practice session at Martinsville and the second part of qualifying, before securing his sixth pole of the 2015 season.

His pole margin was only narrow, though, with Martin Truex Jr getting his Furniture Row Chevrolet within 0.012 seconds of Logano's 19.215s lap.

AJ Allmendinger - in his best oval qualifying performance of 2015 - and qualifying round one pacesetter Jamie McMurray got among the Chase contenders as they filled the second row.

Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch completed the top six, followed by non-Chase men Ryan Newman, Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson and March Martinsville winner Denny Hamlin.

Champion Kevin Harvick was Logano's closest challenger in round two but only 12th in the pole shootout.

He starts just behind Brad Keselowski, who had an eventful afternoon in Penske's second car.

A frustrated Keselowski only just made it to the second round after having to abandon a lap when Kasey Kahne crashed, and he was the final man to make it to the pole shootout.

Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch were the only two Chase contenders who failed to reach the final 12. They will start 14th and 15th.

Kahne had set a time fast enough to reach round two before spinning into the wall, but he could not participate in the rest of qualifying and will now switch to a back-up car, sending him to the tail of the field.

Gordon's fifth place was by far Hendrick's best result, with his and Kahne's team-mates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr only managing 21st and 22nd.

STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 19.215s -
2 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 19.227s 0.012s
3 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 19.309s 0.094s
4 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.321s 0.106s
5 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.343s 0.128s
6 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.352s 0.137s
7 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.377s 0.162s
8 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.385s 0.170s
9 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.398s 0.183s
10 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.421s 0.206s
11 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 19.432s 0.217s
12 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.452s 0.237s
13 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.344s -
14 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.355s -
15 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.362s -
16 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.375s -
17 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 19.379s -
18 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.434s -
19 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 19.449s -
20 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.473s -
21 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.499s -
22 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.505s -
23 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 19.562s -
24 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.384s -
25 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.395s -
26 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.403s -
27 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 19.436s -
28 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 19.443s -
29 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.454s -
30 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.506s -
31 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.519s -
32 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.530s -
33 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.537s -
34 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.576s -
35 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 19.580s -
36 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 19.600s -
37 Ryan Preece Phil Parsons Racing Ford 19.616s -
38 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 19.636s -
39 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 19.649s -
40 Kyle Fowler Go FAS Racing Ford 19.675s -
41 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 19.715s -
42 Timmy Hill Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 19.861s -
43 Alex Kennedy Circle Sport Chevrolet 19.899s -


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