Martin Truex Jr. steals pole from Logano at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Martin Truex Jr. celebrates after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Martin Truex Jr. celebrates after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

For the first two rounds of the three round knockout qualifying Friday night, Joey Logano was the class of the field. At the end of the day however it was Martin Truex Jr. celebrating the pole for Sunday nights NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Logano, who won last weeks NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, led the first two sessions was the fastest of the final 12 cars early in the final five minutes with a lap of 192.007, but near the 2 minute 30 second mark, Truex went out, put down a lap of 192.328 and secured his 9th career pole.

“It feels awesome.,” Truex said. “Obviously proud of my team for the effort. We really had to work pretty hard for it today. It was just one of them Charlotte deals where things were continuously changing and we were just chasing the race track and changing the car. Just really never got it really close to right until that last adjustment so really just proud of the effort, proud of my guys for that and it feels good – 600 miles, that first pit stall.”

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