Joey Logano wins pole for Sprint Cup Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway

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Joey Logano is in prime position to defend his 2014 win in the spring race at Richmond International Raceway after qualifying on the pole for Saturday’s Sprint Cup Toyota Owners 400 with a speed of 127.071 mph.

Denny Hamlin will start next to the Team Penske driver on the front row (126.606 mph).

Kurt Busch qualified third (126.606 mph) and AJ Allmendinger starts fourth (126.570 mph) for his best Sprint Cup start since rolling off third at Talladega last October.

Kevin Harvick fills out the top five (126.428 mph).

Chase Elliott qualified for his second Sprint Cup race in 16th (126.328 mph) and Brett Moffitt, the replacement driver for Brian Vickers in the No. 55 Toyota, qualified 14th (126.410 mph), a career high.

Elliott and Jeff Gordon (11th) were the only Hendrick Motorsports cars to advance past the first round of qualifying. Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts 26th, Jimmie Johnson 36th and Kasey Kahne will start from 40th.

Johnson expressed his surprise on Twitter with his qualifying struggles.

Qualifying speeds:

1. Joey Logano … 127.071
2. Denny Hamlin … 126.796
3. Kurt Busch … 126.606
4. AJ Allmendinger … 126.570
5. Kevin Harvick … 126.428
6. Martin Truex Jr. … 126.115
7. Brad Keselowski … 126.027
8. Matt Kenseth … 125.821
9. Jamie McMurray … 125.587
10. David Ragan … 125.471
11. Jeff Gordon … 125.348
12. Kyle Larson … 124.977
13. Tony Stewart … 126.416
14. Brett Moffitt … 126.410
15. Paul Menard … 126.357
16. Chase Elliott … 126.328
17. Clint Bowyer … 126.310
18. Carl Edwards … 126.227
19. Landon Cassill …126.180
20. Austin Dillon … 126.168
21. Danica Patrick … 125.757
22.Justin Allgaier … 125.657
23. Ryan Newman … 125.511
24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 124.960
25. Casey Mears … 127.310
26. Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 127.262
27. Aric Almirola … 127.071
28. Josh Wise … 127.053
29. Sam Hornish Jr. …126.892
30. David Gilliland … 126.826
31. Cole Whitt … 126.802
32. Greg Biffle … 126.695
33. Jeff Green …126.654
34. Trevor Bayne … 126.559
35. Joey Gase … 126.541
36. Jimmie Johnson … 126.517
37. Matt DiBenedetto … owner points
38. Michael Annett … owner points
39. J.J. Yeley … owner points
40. Kasey Kahne … owner points
41. Alex Bowman … owner points
42. Alex Kennedy … owner points
43. Reed Sorenson … owner points

Did not qualify: Jeb Burton, Brendan Gaughan