Logano Infineon Pole Winner

Joey Logano

This is Logano's second pole in 91 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. (Photo: Getty Images)


Joey Logano scored his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole on a road course on Friday in qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.

Driving the No. 20 Toyota, Logano posted a lap of 93.256 mph on the twisting northern California course to take his second career pole and first since Bristol in the spring of 2010.

"I was surprised it was as fast as it was," said Logano, who 13th quick in the first practice session. "I felt like the car had a lot more grip in it, and I felt like we fixed the car, but personally I felt like I screwed up about three times in one lap. I didn’t feel too good about myself after it and I thought I screwed that one up. It was good, car was fast. We’ll work on our stuff in race trim a little bit more tomorrow and see if we can get our Home Depot car fast."

With the addition of Saturday's practice sessions, Logano will also run the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race to help prepare for his third career Sprint Cup Series start at Infineon.

“It is an advantage for sure," said Logano, who will start second in the K&N race. "I run a lot of Nationwide races the day before because I think it helps. I think here is a bit bigger help just because there’s so many more turns and getting used to it."

Logano also credited the help of Max Papis for his pole winning run.

"These road courses for me have been a struggle in trying to get in the corners is probably the biggest thing," Logano said. "So, we went to Road Atlanta and tested with Max Papis. We had a little two-seater car and he gave me a ride and I was like, ‘Wow, you can get in the corner a lot harder.’ It’s cool to see that and learn -- think that is definitely paying off right now."

Jamie McMurray, who won the Infineon pole in 2007, qualified second with a lap of 93.223 mph in his No. 1 Chevrolet.

“We’ve got a really good McDonald’s Chevrolet," McMurray said. "I was happy with the way that we unloaded today. We’ve really had a tough season; especially after all the success that we had last year. So, it was nice to come here and unload and have a really good car."

Paul Menard qualified third for his first top-10 start at Infineon.

"We made a few changes after practice," said Menard, who will make his fourth Infineon start. "We made a couple of adjustments and kind of made a swing at it. The car drove really good right there."

Last weekend's Michigan winner Denny Hamlin will start fourth with Ryan Newman rounding out the top five.

Kasey Kahne, AJ Allmendinger, Marcos Ambrose, Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers completed the top 10.

Kurt Busch, who won the previous three poles on the season, qualified 11th.

Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson will start 12th.

Tony Ave was the lone driver that failed to qualify for Sunday's race.

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