Joey Logano showed speed in practice and backed it up with his first NASCAR Cup Series pole of the season at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, May 7.
The No. 22 Team Penske driver laid down a fastest lap of 170.72 mph in the second round of qualifying.
It’s his first pole since July 7, 2019 and the 23rd of his career.
“It’s so much needed for all of us,” Logano said after the session. “The last couple weeks were pretty rough, got in a couple of crashes and really just not being strong at Dover (Motor Speedway). To come in here and recover at Darlington was really nice with the Shell Pennzoil Mustang. I can’t thank Shell enough for letting me run this paint scheme because this is the coolest thing, and seeing it start on the front row is going to be so neat, just because this is a full circle for me. This is my first quarter midget paint scheme, it’s got all the same stuff on it since I was a kid, to have it on the front row.
“My dad’s driving one of the pace cars in my Mach 1 before the race, just a really cool story for us this weekend.”
Denny Hamlin had an issue during his qualifying run. He’s slated to start 22nd.
Austin Cindric was quickest in practice, with Logano in second. Cindric will lineup in 19th.
Also of note, Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick both missed qualifying, with Elliott having to go to a backup car after an accident and Harvick’s team needing to replace the diffuser at the rear of the car.
The Goodyear 400 airs on Sunday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.
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