Logano Sets New Pocono Record
By: MRN Staff on June 9, 2012 | 1:19 P.M. EST
This is Logano's fourth pole in 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. (Photo: Getty Images)
Joey Logano set a new qualifying record of 179.598 mph on the newly-repaved Pocono Raceway and will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday's Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR.
Logano scored his fourth career Sprint Cup Series pole and first since he earned the top spot at Pocono last year.
In doing so he eclipsed the previous track qualifying record of 172.533 mph set by Kasey Kahne in 2004.
“My guys have done a really good job focusing on getting our car handling right since the start of the test,” said Logano. “We found something all of us kind of liked.
“My car is fast. It's exciting. I think we have a really good car for the race.”
Logano became the 10th different pole winner of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season.
Carl Edwards, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.
“My guys did a really good job, but, admittedly, it’s very difficult to practice yesterday and run a really good lap and then come back 24 hours later and run that perfect lap again,” said Edwards who will start outside the front row.
Mark Martin, Regan Smith, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcos Ambrose and Kahne completed the top 10.
In all, 36 drivers broke the old qualifying record in the session held on Pocono’s new asphalt racing surface.
The session got off to a rocky start when speedy dry left on the track from the previous day’s ARCA practice session forced several drivers to abort their qualifying laps. Track officials finally got the track sufficiently cleaned after about a 30-minute delay.
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