Richmond NASCAR: Penske's Joey Logano claims pole

Joey Logano claimed his third pole of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in Richmond qualifying

Richmond NASCAR: Penske's Joey Logano claims pole

The Penske driver, who began his season with a maiden Daytona 500 victory, beat round two pacesetter Denny Hamlin by just 0.046 seconds in the pole shootout.

Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger - having his best qualifying run of the year - were also within less than a tenth of a second of pole as they filled row two.

Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr completed the top six.

Hendrick Motorsports' struggle was the shock of the session. Jeff Gordon made it into the pole shootout but was only 11th, while team-mates Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne (who had been fastest in practice) all failed to make it beyond round one.

The trio cited surprise handling troubles as Earnhardt qualified 26th, Johnson 36th and Kahne right down in 40th.

The race is scheduled for Saturday night, although the presence of rain in the forecast raises the likelihood of a postponement.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 21.248s -
2 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.294s 0.046s
3 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 21.326s 0.078s
4 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 21.332s 0.084s
5 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 21.356s 0.108s
6 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 21.409s 0.161s
7 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 21.424s 0.176s
8 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.459s 0.211s
9 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 21.499s 0.251s
10 David Ragan Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.519s 0.271s
11 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.540s 0.292s
12 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 21.604s 0.356s
13 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 21.358s -
14 Brett Moffitt Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 21.359s -
15 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.368s -
16 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.373s -
17 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 21.376s -
18 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.390s -
19 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 21.398s -
20 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.400s -
21 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 21.470s -
22 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 21.487s -
23 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.512s -
24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21.607s -
25 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 21.208s -
26 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.216s -
27 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 21.248s -
28 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 21.251s -
29 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 21.278s -
30 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 21.289s -
31 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 21.293s -
32 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21.311s -
33 Jeff Green The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 21.318s -
34 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21.334s -
35 Joey Gase Go FAS Racing Ford 21.337s -
36 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.341s -
37 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 21.341s -
38 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 21.352s -
39 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 21.418s -
40 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.444s -
41 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 21.535s -
42 Alex Kennedy Circle Sport Chevrolet 21.539s -
43 Reed Sorenson Front Row Motorsports Ford 21.912s -
44 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 21.511s -
45 Brendan Gaughan Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 21.644s -

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