Logano notches third Cup pole position of 2024 at Sonoma

For the first time in 13 years, Joey Logano will lead a NASCAR Cup Series field to the green flag from the pole position in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

The two-time Cup Series champion from Middletown, Connecticut, commenced the weekend in Sonoma, California, by being the 25th fastest during the series’ lone practice session on Friday, June 7. He then rallied by being the second fastest in his group qualifying session behind Tyler Reddick, where both were among 10 fast competitors to transfer into the final round of qualifying during the event’s qualifying sessions on Saturday, June 8.

During the final round of qualifying, Logano managed to both claim and retain the top-starting spot with a record-setting lap at 97.771 mph in 73.273 seconds, which was enough to remain atop the scoreboard ahead of Tyler Reddick and teammate Ryan Blaney.

With his accomplishment, Logano claimed his third Cup Series pole of the 2024 season and his first since doing so at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in early March. Logano had also started on pole position in this year’s 66th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway and in the non-points All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway in mid-May, where he won the latter’s event.

Logano’s pole at Sonoma was one that left the driver of the No. 22 AutoTrader/Team Penske Ford Mustang Dark Horse entry smiling amid a season where he has recorded two top-five results and three top-10 results, including a fifth-place run at Gateway’s World Wide Technology Raceway a week ago, during the previous 15 events on the 2024 Cup Series schedule. With 11 events remaining in this year’s regular-season schedule, Logano is 14 points below the cutline to make the 2024 Playoffs and is also pursuing his first points-paying victory of the season.

“It’s nice to see some Penske cars running good again and the Fords as well,” Logano said on FS2. “Proud of the race team. We made a lot of changes overnight. We worked on [the car]. It’s nice you have practice where you can actually go back and think about it overnight and look at a lot of data and try to figure out smart decisions. [Crew chief] Paul [Wolfe] and the engineers, everyone did a good job at executing that. Got ourselves a pole on a road course with the AutoTrader Mustang. It’s an intense lap out there. You’re just on the ragged edge there the whole time, but excited and have a good starting spot. Got to capitalize on it now.”

Reddick, the driver of the No. 45 Monster Energy/23XI Racing Toyota Camry XSE entry, posted the second-fastest qualifying lap at 97.661 mph in 73.356 seconds and will share the front row with Logano. Blaney, the reigning Cup Series champion and Logano’s teammate at Team Penske will occupy third place and start alongside Chase Elliott. Kyle Larson, the 2021 Sonoma winner who scrubbed the tire barrier in the Chute and sustained left-side damage to his No. 5 Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, posted the fifth-fastest qualifying lap. He will share the third row with his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron.

Daniel Suarez, Alex Bowman, Ross Chastain and Ty Gibbs will start in the top 10 while road-ringers AJ Allmendinger and Michael McDowell will occupy 11th and 12th place on the starting grid.

Notably, Carson Hocevar was the highest-starting rookie in the field in 13th place while Christopher Bell will line up in 15th place. In addition, Bubba Wallace will start in 18th place, reigning Sonoma winner Martin Truex Jr. will line up in 21st place, Denny Hamlin will occupy 25th place on the starting grid and Gateway winner Austin Cindric will start in 28th place ahead of Kyle Busch.

Supercar stars Will Brown and Cam Waters will start 24th and 31st, respectively, for their first career starts in NASCAR’s premier series. Brown is piloting the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 entry for Richard Childress Racing while Waters is driving the No. 60 Ford Mustang Dark Horse entry for Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing.

With 38 competitors registering for the event, all 38 made the starting lineup.

Qualifying position, best speed, best time

  1. Joey Logano, 97.771 mph, 73.273 seconds
  2. Tyler Reddick, 97.661 mph, 73.356 seconds
  3. Ryan Blaney, 97.566 mph, 73.427 seconds
  4. Chase Elliott, 97.562 mph, 73.430 seconds
  5. Kyle Larson, 97.542 mph, 73.445 seconds
  6. William Byron, 97.518 mph, 73.463 seconds
  7. Daniel Suarez, 97.513 mph, 73.467 seconds
  8. Alex Bowman, 97.420 mph, 73.537 seconds
  9. Ross Chastain, 97.390 mph, 73.560 seconds
  10. Ty Gibbs, 97.113 mph, 73.770 seconds
  11. AJ Allmendinger, 97.076 mph, 73.798 seconds
  12. Michael McDowell, 97.011 mph, 73.847 seconds
  13. Carson Hocevar, 97.076 mph, 73.798 seconds
  14. Todd Gilliland, 96.944 mph, 73.898 seconds
  15. Christopher Bell, 96.981 mph, 73.870 seconds
  16. Austin Dillon, 96.829 mph, 73.986 seconds
  17. Corey LaJoie, 96.923 mph, 73.914 seconds
  18. Bubba Wallace, 96.819 mph, 73.994 seconds
  19. Noah Gragson, 96.808 mph, 74.002 seconds
  20. Zane Smith, 96.804 mph, 74.005 seconds
  21. Martin Truex Jr., 96.804 mph, 74.005 seconds
  22. Harrison Burton, 96.752 mph, 74.045 seconds
  23. Chase Briscoe, 96.744 mph, 74.051 seconds
  24. Will Brown, 96.752 mph, 74.045 seconds
  25. Denny Hamlin, 96.614 mph, 74.151 seconds
  26. Chris Buescher, 96.691 mph, 74.092 seconds
  27. Justin Haley, 96.555 mph, 74.196 seconds
  28. Austin Cindric, 96.516 mph, 74.226 seconds
  29. Kyle Busch, 96.456 mph, 74.265 seconds
  30. Ryan Preece, 96.193 mph, 74.475 seconds
  31. Cam Waters, 96.334 mph, 74.366 seconds
  32. Josh Berry, 96.180 mph, 74.485 seconds
  33. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 96.280 mph, 74.408 seconds
  34. Daniel Hemric, 96.098 mph, 74.549 seconds
  35. Brad Keselowski, 96.166 mph, 74.496 seconds
  36. Kaz Grala, 95.669 mph, 74.883 seconds
  37. John Hunter Nemechek, 95.695 mph, 74.863 seconds
  38. Erik Jones, 95.260 mph, 75.205 seconds

The 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway is set to occur on Sunday, June 9, and air at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SpeedwayMedia.com


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