Joey Logano wasn’t able to break his track record set last year but he was able to win the pole Friday at Martinsville Speedway and will lead the field to the green for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup STP 500. Logano put down a lap of 19.232 seconds, 98.461 miles per hour, at the start of the final five minutes of the third qualifying round to secure his 10th career pole at his first at Martinsville.
“It feels great to finally get the pole here,” Logano said. “We’ve been so close so many times and throughout my career I feel like we’ve always qualified well here, but was never able to get the pole.”
Ryan Newman who led the only practice earlier in the day, will start second, Martin Truex Jr. third, Jeff Gordon fourth and Jimmie Johnson fifth. The qualifying session was pushed back for an hour and fifteen minutes after morning rain delayed activities at the track. The three round knockout qualifying session featured two red flag stoppages in each of the first two rounds. MORE>>>