Richmond NASCAR: Penske's Joey Logano on pole at Chase cut-off race

Joey Logano scored his fifth pole position of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season in qualifying at Richmond

Richmond NASCAR: Penske's Joey Logano on pole at Chase cut-off race

In the third and final part of qualifying, Penske Ford driver Logano set a best lap of 21.349 seconds.

That put him 0.019s ahead of second-placed Matt Kenseth, who had set the pace in the first two segments.

Logano's team-mate Brad Keselowski was just one thousandth of a second slower than Kenseth in third place, with Kyle Busch taking fourth.

Ahead the final race before the Chase, fifth-placed David Ragan was the highest-placed of those requiring a win to qualify.

Behind the Michael Waltrip Racing driver were Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson.

The last three cars in the top 12 shootout were three drivers needing to win Saturday night's race to make the Chase; Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon.

Those currently on course to qualify for the Chase who missed the cut for the top 12 were Ryan Newman in 13th, Martin Truex Jr in 16th, Paul Menard in 22nd and Jeff Gordon in 23rd.

Denny Hamlin (25th), Dale Earnhardt Jr (29th) and Jamie McMurray (31st) were the highest-profile casualties of the first segment.

The driver currently on the bubble in terms of making the Chase on points, Clint Bowyer, was 26th.

Aric Almirola and Kasey Kahne - the two drivers directly behind Bowyer in the standings - qualified 24th and 20th respectively.

QUALIFYING RESULT:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 21.349s -
2 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.368s 0.019s
3 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 21.369s 0.020s
4 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.437s 0.088s
5 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 21.458s 0.109s
6 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 21.463s 0.114s
7 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.474s 0.125s
8 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 21.516s 0.167s
9 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.530s 0.181s
10 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 21.552s 0.203s
11 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 21.560s 0.211s
12 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.570s 0.221s
13 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.372s -
14 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 21.376s -
15 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 21.395s -
16 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 21.406s -
17 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.424s -
18 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 21.439s -
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21.449s -
20 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.456s -
21 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 21.465s -
22 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.478s -
23 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.497s -
24 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 21.509s -
25 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.243s -
26 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 21.244s -
27 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 21.244s -
28 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21.250s -
29 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.290s -
30 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 21.296s -
31 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 21.345s -
32 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 21.381s -
33 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 21.381s -
34 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 21.430s -
35 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 21.443s -
36 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 21.445s -
37 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 21.503s -
38 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21.558s -
39 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 21.619s -
40 Reed Sorenson Phil Parsons Racing Ford 21.657s -
41 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 21.757s -
42 Jeffrey Earnhardt Go FAS Racing Ford 21.767s -
43 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 21.857s -

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