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Joey Logano Leads Ford Sweep In Michigan Qualifying

Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway
Saturday, June 8, 2019

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Joey Logano collected his second pole of 2019 on Saturday at Michigan
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The Ford drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series apparently took the words of Edsel Ford II to heart. 

At a dinner with Ford drivers on Thursday night, the member of the Ford Motor Company board of directors emphasized the importance of putting a Mustang in Victory Lane after Sunday's Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway (2 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). 

On Saturday morning at the 2-mile track, Joey Logano took the first step toward fulfilling the mission outlined by the Henry Ford's great grandson. Taking a racing line that differed from that of his competitors, Logano covered the distance in 38.474 seconds (187.139 mph) to win the pole position for Sunday's race. 

In winning his second Busch Pole Award of the season, his fourth at Michigan and the 22nd of his career, Logano led five Fords into the top six in time trials, edging Stewart-Haas Racing's Aric Almirola (187.047 mph) for the top starting spot by .019 seconds. 

Logano demolished the rest of the field through Turn 3 and 4, entering the corner on the high side, arcing to the bottom in the center of the corner and getting off the bottom sooner than almost every other driver. 

How did Logano develop the line he ran? 

Joey Logano clocked a lap of 187.139 mph to take the pole on Saturday
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"I just got lucky—it was all luck," Logano quipped. "Of course, we all work at things. We all try to figure things out and try to take an advantage when you have it. It's always short-lived, but today we were able to take advantage of a lot of things and be able to have a fast car. 

"Our (No. 22) Shell/Pennzoil Ford definitely has speed in it, for sure, especially for one lap. Hopefully, that maintains throughout the race to where we can stay up there. That (No. 1) pit stall is going to help a lot. The first pit stall here is quite the advantage. It's nice to have that, and hopefully it keeps us up front and keeps us out of the big chaotic mess that I think is going to be toward the middle of the pack." 

But did the lap go according to plan. 

"It was all luck," Logano joked again. "Of course, it's planned—I drive the car. I'm still the driver. At least it went where I told it to go.

That part really helped a lot." 

Almirola was the only other driver to crack the 38.50-second mark. His teammate, Kevin Harvick was third in 38.522 seconds (186.906 mph). Denny Hamlin qualified fourth in the fastest Toyota, followed by the Fords of Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard. Kurt Busch was seventh in the quickest Chevrolet. 

"I've heard everybody else talk about Edsel's message to us Thursday night at dinner," Almirola said. "That was really cool to get to go and experience that... 

"That's the (fifth) front-row for our team this year, the 10 team, and only one pole. That's frustrating to get that close to getting a pole that often and only have one pole. We seem to always get beat just by a little bit by somebody different every time. 

"I feel like our car is really fast. We have a really fast Smithfield Ford Mustang. All the Fords are really fast. I think eight of the (top) 10 are Ford. This is definitely Ford country, and we're excited to go try and get a Ford to Victory Lane."

RACE LINEUP

Pos # Driver Sponsor/Make Lap Speed
1 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 38.474 187.139
2 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield/Meijer Ford 38.493 187.047
3 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light Ford 38.522 186.906
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 38.526 186.887
5 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation/ITsavvy Ford 38.549 186.775
6 21 Paul Menard Menards/NIBCO Ford 38.573 186.659
7 1 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Chevrolet 38.59 186.577
8 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 38.605 186.504
9 41 Daniel Suarez Haas Automation Demo Day Ford 38.612 186.471
10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. NOS Energy Ford 38.62 186.432
11 8 Daniel Hemric # Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet 38.632 186.374
12 3 Austin Dillon Dow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet 38.639 186.34
13 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Wrangler Riggs Ford 38.661 186.234
14 20 Erik Jones Craftsman/Sport Clips Toyota 38.705 186.022
15 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Hazelnut Toyota 38.714 185.979
16 19 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 38.714 185.979
17 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 38.732 185.893
18 6 Ryan Newman Coca-Cola Ford 38.792 185.605
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 38.793 185.6
20 88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Chevrolet 38.878 185.195
21 24 William Byron Hendrick Autoguard Chevrolet 38.925 184.971
22 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 38.927 184.962
23 34 Michael McDowell Melling Engine Parts Ford 38.927 184.962
24 38 David Ragan Citgard Heavy Duty Engine Oil Ford 38.963 184.791
25 13 Ty Dillon Twisted Tea Chevrolet 39.03 184.473
26 36 Matt Tifft # Surface Sunscreen Ford 39.04 184.426
27 43 Bubba Wallace Victory Junction Chevrolet 39.122 184.04
28 47 Ryan Preece # Kroger Chevrolet 39.191 183.716
29 95 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota 39.271 183.341
30 0 Landon Cassill(i) Superior Essex Chevrolet 39.274 183.327
31 37 Chris Buescher Kroger Thrill of the Grill Chevrolet 39.296 183.225
32 32 Corey LaJoie Harvest Investments Ford 39.401 182.736
33 51 Kyle Weatherman(i) Jacob Companies Ford 39.801 180.9
34 52 Josh Bilicki(i) Chevrolet 40.177 179.207
35 77 Quin Houff Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 40.271 178.789
36 15 Garrett Smithley Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Chevrolet 40.435 178.064

 

 


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