Logano wins first pole of NASCAR career

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Joey Logano backed up his fast showing in practice by winning the first pole of his career Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Logano posted a lap at 124.630 mph in his Toyota to earn the first starting spot for Sunday’s race. His previous best qualifying effort was fifth at Darlington last year.

“I have always been fast here,” he said. “I’ve always been fast and I’ve always been caught up in a wreck or knocked the fender and blew a tire, stubbed in the nose, blew a motor — I’ve about done it all here besides have an uneventful race.”

Kurt Busch, winner of the last race two weeks ago at Atlanta, qualified second with a lap at 123.857 in his Dodge. He’s off to a fast start to the season with new crew chief Steve Addington, who led Busch’s brother, Kyle, to a pair of wins at Bristol last year.

Kurt Busch is a five-time winner at Bristol, but hasn’t been to Victory Lane here since 2006.

“We’re surprised by the lap that we ran, and to be second overall was Steve throwing a couple of things at the car last minute that he was comfortable with,” Busch said. “Overall, we exceeded our expectations. I didn’t think that we’d be sitting on the front row after our qualifying run but, hey, here we are.

“It shows that things are just going our way right now.”

Dave Blaney qualified third at 123.849. Blaney qualified fourth here last August, but had trouble getting up to speed at the start, narrowly avoided causing an accident at the front of the field, and finished 43rd after running just eight laps.

“That was a deal, I forget what happened, but I got loose and got nicked a little bit and it just stacked up from there,” he said, admitting that he doesn’t know if team owner Phil Parsons will allow Blaney to run all of Sunday’s race or order him to park the car and collect purse money.

Michael Waltrip, who is driving the second entry for Parsons’ Prism Motorsports, made the field and said he knew he’d park early Sunday. It’s the first race for Waltrip since he stopped driving for Michael Waltrip Racing after the season-opening Daytona 500, and he’s trying to help Parsons make enough money to field a competitive car for Waltrip at Talladega next month.

“I went from a two-time Daytona 500 winner to a start-and-park,” said Waltrip, who will start 39th. “But they are going to send Phil Parsons a check for about $75,000 and he needs the money to keep building up his team.”

Casey Mears and Terry Cook both qualified for their first races of the season, while Max Papis and Mike Bliss failed to make the 43-car field.

The top five in qualifying was rounded out by four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.

Juan Pablo Montoya was sixth and followed by Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards. Marcos Ambrose and David Reutimann — in cars owned by MWR — rounded out the top 10.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Everett's Max Soterakopoulos points to his name on the leaderboard after winning his division the Regional Qualifier for Drive, Chip and Putt, held last Saturday at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place. (Photo coutesy of Chris Soterakopoulos)
Community roundup: Everett youth golfer headed to The Masters

Plus, Mill Creek Country Club’s Val Patrick honored by LPGA, updates on local NFL players, and more.

Angel of the Winds Arena stands ready and waiting Friday afternoon for Kraken fans to arrive for the preseason game against the Edmondton Oilers. (Jake Goldstein-Street / The Herald)
Patterson: After past fails, can arena football thrive in Everett?

The turbulent past of arena football in the city stems from the opening of the Everett Events Center, now Angel of the Winds Arena, in 2003.

Stanwood players react to their coach bringing them the Stilly Cup on Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington. The Spartans snapped a 12-game losing streak in the rivalry matchup last year. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
4 games to watch in Week 5 of the prep football season

An in-depth look at the best games the area has to offer, plus a full schedule of the local action in Week 5.

Hall of Fame inductee Gina Carbonatto accepts her award during the 2023 Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
GALLERY: 2023 Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame banquet

A look at Wednesday’s ceremony honoring some of the most decorated sports figures in the area.

Stanwood's Michael Mascotti relays the next play to his teammates during football practice on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Game picks for Week 5 of the prep football season

Find out which teams the experts and readers pick to win in Week 5.

Sultan’s Derek Feltner tries to stay upright after picking up an offensive fumble and getting a few yards against Granite Falls on Friday, Sep. 30, 2022, at Sultan High School in Sultan, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Week 5 prep football leaderboard

A look at the area’s top passers, rushers and receivers through four weeks of the season.

Prep roundup for Wednesday, Sept. 27

Prep roundup for Wednesday, Sept. 27: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Lake Stevens’ Jayshon Limar (17) moves with the ball during a football game between Lake Stevens and West Linn at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023. West Linn won, 49-30. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Associated Press high school football poll for Week 5

Lake Stevens falls from No. 1 in Class 4A; Arlington jumps to No. 6 in 3A.

Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for Sept. 18-24

The Athlete of the Week nominees for Sept. 18-24. Voting closes at… Continue reading

Most Read