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Joey Logano takes Cup pole at Phoenix, Ryan Blaney also on front row

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Joey Logano has a tendency of picking up where he left off – and he did it again Friday.

Logano won last season’s NASCAR Cup playoff race at Phoenix, his first career Cup victory at the one-mile oval.

He returned to Phoenix Raceway on Friday and began his quest for a second straight win there in the best way possible, earning the pole for Sunday’s Camping World 500.

“It’s nice, it’s a good momentum builder for us,” Logano told Fox Sports 1. “This has always been a good track for us. We were finally able to break through and win here last fall.

“I feel like we had a real good car in race trim today. Our car was fast. We just have to stick to our guns and do what we know how to do, tune our car in a little better for tomorrow’s practices and execute in the race.”

Although it was the 18th pole of Logano’s Cup career, it was yet another first for him at Phoenix. Even though he has sat on the outside of the front row in two of his 16 previous Cup starts there, Friday was his first Cup pole there.

It was also his first pole of 2017 after starting from the front three times last season.

“I didn’t think it was going to be quite good enough but I pushed as hard as I could,” said Logano, who shares the front row with a fellow Ford driver, Ryan Blaney. “Sometimes you overdrive it a little bit and you still can make speed.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Larson qualified third and fourth, followed by Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth.

Click here for full qualifying results for the Camping World 500 shortly.

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NASCAR America: NASCAR’s stars hit the track for the ‘Little 600’ (video)

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Like more than three dozen of his NASCAR Cup counterparts, Joey Logano is gearing up for the longest race of the year, Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To warm up, Logano, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. and other NASCAR drivers headed to the GoPro Motorplex in North Carolina for the “Little 600.”

Check out how they fared in the above video that was on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.

 

Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, marking the second consecutive race at Charlotte Motor Speedway he has led the field to the green flag.

Harvick, a two-time Coke 600 winner, earned the top starting spot Thursday night with a lap of 193.424 mph in his Ford. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch, who won last weekend’s All-Star Race.

Chase Elliott starts third and is followed by Matt Kenseth and rookie Erik Jones.

Points leader Kyle Larson will start 39th in the 40-car field after not making a qualifying attempt. He hit the wall in practice and then his team couldn’t get through qualifying inspection until one minute remained in the opening round of the session. The team was unable to get Larson out of the garage in time to make an attempt.

Click here for Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

Slugger Labbe: How do crew chiefs prepare for grueling Coca-Cola 600? (video)

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Veteran crew chief Slugger Labbe stopped by the NASCAR America studio in Charlotte on Thursday.

Labbe gave his perspective on how NASCAR Cup crew chiefs will prepare for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. While the race length will be the same as it has been for decades, one significant change will have crew chiefs developing strategy that they’ve never had to deal with in the 600, namely, four different race stages.

Labbe also gave his take on the positives and negatives of the Laser Inspection Station for both pre- and post-race inspections.

Check out the above video.

NASCAR: Remembering Martin Truex Jr.’s dominating 2016 Coca-Cola 600 win

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In one of the most dominating performances in NASCAR history, Martin Truex Jr. turned last year’s Coca-Cola 600 into a runaway one-man show, leading the field for 392 of 400 laps.

Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America took a look back at Truex’s record-setting win.

Check out the video above.