Joey Logano Scores Sprint Cup Pole at Richmond

Joey Logano took the pole for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a time of 21.349 seconds and a speed of 126.470 mph. Matt Kenseth was fastest in the first two rounds of qualifying but ultimately could only manage an outside front row start.

Only four non-winning drivers; David Ragan, Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon made it to the final round of qualifying. Of the top seven starting positions Saturday night, only Ragan (fifth) and Kevin Harvick (sixth) are not JGR/Penske cars.

The day started off with the first session of Cup practice of the day. Larson and Casey Mears, another driver who can only make the Chase by winning this weekend, clocked in the first and second times. Following them were Brad Keselowski, Harvick and Kyle Busch. The best 10 consecutive lap average in the two-hour session belonged to Justin Allgaier.

The final practice session of the day had Harvick speeding to a 21.526 in qualifying trim. He led Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch in the 80-minute session.

Notably, Denny Hamlin, coming off a torn ACL on Tuesday, struggled with the 42nd best time. However, after the session, Hamlin said in a media Q & A that the ACL was not an issue when in the car. “In the car I’m as comfortable as any place that I am,” said Hamlin, also saying that the main problem with the injury is swelling, limiting mobility out of the car.

Full starting lineup for the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday Night:

Row 1

1st Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford

2nd Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Dollar General Toyota

Row 2

3rd Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Miller Lite Ford

4th Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M’s Crispy/American Heritage Chocolate Toyota

Row 3

5th David Ragan, No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine

6th Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet

Row 4

7th Carl Edwards, No. 19 ARRIS Toyota

8th Kurt Busch, No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet

Row 5

9th Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet

10th Tony Stewart, No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet

Row 6

11th Kyle Larson, No. 42 Target Chevrolet

12th Austin Dillon, No. 3 DOW Chevrolet

Row 7

13th Ryan Newman, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet

14th Danica Patrick, No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet

Row 8

15th Casey Mears, No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet

16th Martin Truex Jr., No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet

Row 9

17th Brian Scott, No. 33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet

18th Justin Allgaier, No. 51 Brandt Chevrolet

Row 10

19th Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17 Cargill Chevrolet

20th Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Chevrolet

Row 11

21st AJ Allmendinger, No. 47 Kroger/Bush’s Beans Toyota

22nd Paul Menard, No. 27 Libman/Menard’s Chevrolet

Row 12

23rd Jeff Gordon, No. 24 3M Chevrolet

24th Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Foods/Waffle House Ford

Row 13

25th Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota

26th Clint Bowyer, No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota

Row 14

27th Michael Annett, No. 46 Switch Hitch Toyota

28th Trevor Bayne, No. 6 AdvoCare Ford

Row 15

29th Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet

30th David Gililand, No. 38 The Pete Store Ford

Row 16

31st Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet

32nd Sam Hornish Jr., No. 9 Go Bowling/Draft Kings Ford

Row 17

33rd Matt Dibenedetto, No. 83 James Madison University Toyota

34th Cole Whitt, No. 35 MDS Ford

Row 18

35th Landon Cassill, No. 40 Precon Marine/Interstate Moving Services Chevrolet

36th Alex Bowman, No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet

Row 19

37th Brett Moffit, No. 34 Dockside Ford

38th Greg Biffle, No. 16 Cheez-It Ford

Row 20

39th Michael McDowell, No. 95 Thrivent Financial Ford

40th Reed Sorenson, No. 98 Premium Motorsports Ford

Row 21

41st Brian Scott, No. 33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet

42nd Jeffrey Earnhardt, No. 32 Ford

Row 22

43rd JJ Yeley, No. 26 Maxim Toyota

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