It took an extra 15 minutes but Joey Logano secured the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Friday. The Penske Racing driver, who had missed the pole and started second for the last two races, put down a lap of 36.080 seconds, 199.557 mph early in the final five minute session and was able to hang on for his 16th career pole, his second of 2016 and his second at Michigan.
“It just feels really good because the last couple of weeks we’ve come in second in the final round,” Logano said. “We’ve been qualifying really well with this 22 car, we just haven’t had the pole, so it’s really nice to finally break through and get a pole with this new package. It really goes to show how great this Team Penske is on preparing cars from the shop and really not knowing what they’re coming to. It has some great adjustability in it and a fast car, obviously.”
Martin Truex Jr. who had grabbed the pole from Logano at Charlotte two weeks ago tried to repeat that move again going out late in the final five minutes, but came up just short with a lap of 36.178 seconds, 199.016 mph to secure second. Tony Stewart, who missed the first eight races of the season due to an injury, grabbed his best starting position of the year and will start third Sunday.