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Logano strikes late to win Martinsville pole

by Amy Henderson
Saturday, March 23, 2019

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Joey Logano
Joey Logano
Joey Logano led a Ford charge in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at Martinsville speedway on Saturday, winning the pole with a speed of 97.830 mph. Aric Almirola will start on the outside of the front row. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick will take up the second row.  Denny Hamlin was the only non-Ford driver to crack the top 5. William Byron’s last-second run made him the top Chevrolet driver in sixth.

Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch round out the top 10, with Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson posting the 11th and 12-place runs respectively to finish out the final round.

Denny Hamlin led the way in Round 1, posting a speed of 97.835 mph to top Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Michael McDowell waged a last-second battle to advance to Round 2, with McDowell procuring the 24th and final spot. Stenhouse had posted a top-10 speed earlier in the round but it was disallowed by NASCAR after Stenhouse sped on pit road, testing a new regulation for the first time since it was implemented. Neither Corey LaJoie nor Cody Ware made a lap after suffering damage in practice and will start 35th and 36th respectively.

Round 2 was all about Hamlin again as he posted a top speed of 97.683 to take that round as well.  Harvick, Almirola, Chase Elliott and Larson took the top 5 spots. Notably failing to advance to the final round was Truck Series winner Kyle Busch, who will start 14th Sunday.

Results

PosCarDriverTeamTimeSpeed
122Joey LoganoShell Pennzoil Ford19.35697.830
210Aric AlmirolaSHAZAM!/Smithfield Ford19.39397.643
32Brad KeselowskiReese/Draw Tite Ford19.43097.458
44Kevin HarvickMobil 1 Ford19.44597.382
511Denny HamlinFedEx Ground Toyota19.44997.362
624William ByronAxalta Chevrolet19.48197.202
742Kyle LarsonCredit One Bank Chevrolet19.50297.098
89Chase ElliottNAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet19.51197.053
919Martin Truex Jr.SiriusXM Toyota19.51897.018
1041Daniel SuarezHaas Automation Ford19.55696.830
1114Clint BowyerMobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford19.58196.706
1248Jimmie JohnsonAlly Chevrolet19.60896.573
1337Chris BuescherKroger Speed Up Your Cleanup Chevrolet19.57196.755
1418Kyle BuschM&M's Chocolate Bar Toyota19.57996.716
1521Paul MenardMotorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford19.58396.696
1647Ryan Preece #Kroger Chevrolet19.58896.671
1788Alex BowmanNationwide Chevrolet19.59396.647
1812Ryan BlaneyMenards/Libman Ford19.60296.602
1920Erik JonesDeWalt Toyota19.60296.602
201Kurt BuschGEARWRENCH/Monster Energy Chevrolet19.62396.499
216Ryan NewmanAcorns Ford19.62696.484
2295Matt DiBenedettoToyota Express Maintenance Toyota19.63096.465
2313Ty DillonGEICO Chevrolet19.65296.357
2434Michael McDowellA&W All American Foods Ford19.69596.146
2517Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Fastenal Ford19.66496.298
2638David RaganMDS Transport Ford19.70396.107
2743Bubba WallaceTransporation Impact Chevrolet19.74295.917
2800Landon CassillCGS Imaging Chevrolet19.78595.709
298Daniel Hemric #Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Chevrolet19.80795.603
303Austin DillonSymbicort Chevrolet19.81495.569
3115Ross Chastain(i)Rim Riderz Chevrolet19.84695.415
3236Matt Tifft #Surface Sunscreen/Tunity Ford19.84695.415
3352Jeb Burton(i)Muzzy Bowfishing Chevrolet19.99894.689
3477DJ Kennington(i)Go-Parts Chevrolet20.01394.618
3532Corey LaJoieCorvetteParts.net Ford0.0000.000
3651Cody Ware #Jacob Companies Chevrolet0.0000.000


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