Logano scores first Sprint Cup career pole at Richmond

Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, celebrates with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz after winning the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, celebrates with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz after winning the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, celebrates with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz after winning the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Joey Logano surprised himself Friday night. The Penske Racing driver didn’t think he had the speed, but was able to find enough to score the pole Friday night and will lead the field to the green for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.  Logano, who is also the defending winner of this race, was 10th in the second round of the three round session but the team made some adjustments and Logano put down his pole winning lap,21.248 127.071 miles per hour, with just over 1:20 seconds to go in the final five minute round.

“When you are sitting 11th on the board you only have one spot to lose so we went for it and she turned and off she went,” Logano said. “That isn’t normal for us. Normally we are really fast in the first run and it is hard for us to stay that fast all the way through. The guys did a great job getting us faster today. “

The pole was the 11th of Logano’s career, his series high third of the season and his first Sprint Cup pole at Richmond. MORE>>>

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