Joey Logano captured the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Logano, who went out 20th in the qualifying order, posted a lap of 38.474 seconds, 187.139 mph in the No. 22 Ford for his second pole of the season and the 22nd of his career.
“The car went where I told it to go, that was good,” Logano said. “The car has speed in it, that is a good thing. Hopefully it drivers good in the draft. It was pretty good in practice yesterday so I think we will be alright. Getting the pole is really cool.”
Aric Almirola qualified second with a lap of 38.493 seconds, 187.047 mph to mark his fifth front row start in 2019.
“Close but no cigar,” Almirola said. “We seem to always get beat just by a little bit by somebody different every time. That is part of it. I feel like our car is really fast.
Kevin Harvick, who won last August at Michigan, qualified third and says tomorrow’s race with this year’s rules package will be one to watch.
“I think it will be an interesting race,” Harvick said. “The cars are driving better and drafting better than I thought they would. It should be fun to watch tomorrow.”
Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.
Paul Menard, today’s Xfinity Series pole winner, was sixth for his best start this season.
Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. completed the top 10.
Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Toyota failed pre-qualifying inspection twice. He qualified 16th, but his team engineer was ejected for the weekend.
Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 will begin at 1 p.m. ET.