Joey Logano’s Daytona momentum continues, earns pole at Atlanta

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Joey Logano appears ready to pick up where he left off after winning last Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Logano earned his ninth career pole Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“Wow, what a great car, to win the Daytona 500 and come back and put it on the pole here at Atlanta,” Logano said. “The first time I came here, I qualified 42nd. I’ve always remembered that. To be able to be on both ends of it now is pretty special.

“I really want to win here. I lived here for six years. I used to race on the quarter-mile (track) out here in my Legends car for years. It’s really cool to be starting first and hopefully we can finish there.”

Thirteen drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart, were unable to take qualifying runs because their cars couldn’t get through NASCAR inspection in time.

Here’s Friday’s Sprint Cup qualifying results:

1. Joey Logano … 194.683 mph
2. Kevin Harvick … 193.792
3. Jamie McMurray … 193.623
4. Denny Hamlin … 193.400
5. Carl Edwards … 193.137
6. Kyle Larson … 192.949
7. Ryan Newman … 192.942
8. Sam Hornish Jr. … 192.313
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 192.206
10. Kasey Kahne … 192.140
11. AJ Allmendinger … 191.483
12. Brad Keselowski … 191.403
13. Paul Menard … 192.326
14. Martin Truex Jr. … 192.313
15. Austin Dillon … 192.146
16. Justin Allgaier … 192.003
17. David Ragan … 191.496
18. Danica Patrick … 191.291
19. Greg Biffle … 190.935
20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 190.692
21. Casey Mears … 190.653
22. Brett Moffitt … 190.646
23. Aric Almirola … 190.424
24. Michael McDowell … 189.558
25. Clint Bowyer … 189.513
26. David Gilliland … 189.493
27. Mike Bliss … 189.351
28. Joe Nemechek … 189.183
29. Trevor Bayne … 188.906
30. J.J. Yeley … 188.187
31. Brendan Gaughan … 188.117
32. Brian Scott … 187.837
33. Josh Wise … 183.881
34. Ron Hornaday Jr. … 181.147
35. Jeff Gordon … 0.000
36. Matt Kenseth … 0.000
37. Jimmie Johnson … (Owner Points)
38. Regan Smith … (Owner Points)
39. Tony Stewart … (Owner Points)
40. Jeb Burton … (Owner Points)
41. Cole Whitt … (Owner Points)
42. Alex Bowman … (Owner Points)
43. Landon Cassill … (Owner Points)

Did not qualify: Reed Sorenson, Michael Annett, Mike Wallace and Matt DiBenedetto.

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