Joey Logano scores season sweep, winning pole at Richmond

Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, poses with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz and the Coors Light Pole award after qualifying for the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 11, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)
 Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, poses with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz and the Coors Light Pole award after qualifying for the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 11, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, poses with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz and the Coors Light Pole award after qualifying for the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 11, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Joey Logano will start in the same position he did in the spring as he won the pole Friday and will lead the field to the green for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Logano put down a lap of 21.349, 126.470 miles per hour with just over a minute to go in the third of the three rounds or qualifying to score the 13th pole of his career and his fifth of the season, his last coming at Kansas Speedway in May.

“This is a tough place to qualify because the track is changing with the sun going down and a lot of tire wear,” Logano said. “The car changes a lot through each run. I am proud of the adjustments they made in making my car faster and allowing me to do my part and ending up with a nice starting spot again.”

Matt Kenseth looked to have a lock on the pole leading the first two sessions, but he went early in the final five minutes and came up just short with a lap of 21.368, 126.357 mph to secure a front row starting spot.

“It’s hard to be disappointed in second, but I’m disappointed in second,” Kenseth joked. MORE>>>

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