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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: Is there cause for concern with Jimmie Johnson’s performance thus far?

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It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.

The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.

He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.

And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?

NASCAR America: Mark Martin is definitely a Kyle Larson fan

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching  Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson involved in minor fender bender while leaving Fontana

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Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.

But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.

No one was injured, Larson tweeted.

But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s Fontana win shows continued maturing as a driver

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Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.