CP MOTORSPORTS - LOGANO CONTINUES HOT STREAK, WINS POLE AT MARTINSVILLE
It would be hard to find anyone in any position who had a better month of October than Joey Logano had driving the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford. The 25 year old won all three races of the Contender round of 12, which is arguably the hardest round of the new Chase format.
He also closed out October in dominant fashion, too.
Logano was the fastest driver in Friday's early practice session translated his speed in practice to the top spot in Friday afternoon's qualifying for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Logano smacked the field in the face with a lap of 98.548 mph around NASCAR's shortest and oldest track. It will mark the sixth time this season in which "Sliced Bread" has led the field to the green flag.
"I don't believe in luck, I believe in hard work and that's what this team's doing right now," Logano said. "It's amazing when everyone rises to the occasion together. It's amazing what you can do when you have a team that knows what they have to do and knows the effort they need to put into it in the right ways. It's amazing when things come together what you can do.
"It's been a blast to drive this car, I'll tell you. It's been so fast."
Martin Truex, Jr, grabbed the second spot with a lap of 98.487 mph; his career best starting spot at Martinsville.
Truex, Jr, believes he is starting to get the hang of paperclip shaped short track.
"Honestly really the last couple of years I've started to get my arms around this place a little bit," Truex explained. "It's a really tricky track and the hard part about it is you never face the conditions on the racetrack that you're gonna see on Sunday throughout the weekend. You kind of have to always look ahead and take an educated guess on what the race track is going to do.
"For the longest time in my career I really struggled with that. I would always get my car dialed in on Saturday and then Sunday it wouldn't be any good. It's hard to learn that without that experience and I never really had any teammates who were really, really good here to lean on up until 2012, (Clint) Bowyer had figured this place out when we were at MWR together. We kind of leaned on that a little bit and I learned the following race what not to do and since then I've gotten a lot better at this place."
A.J. Allmendinger also notched his best qualifying spot on an oval in 2015 by grabbing third place.
Jamie McMurray will start Sunday's race in fourth place followed by Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top ten qualifiers.
Brad Keselowski managed to qualify 11th with Kevin Harvick right behind in 12th place.
Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch was the lowest qualified of all the Chase contenders with a 15th place starting spot.
Last year's race winner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, qualified in the 22nd position.
Starting Line Up by Row
67th Annual Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, October 30, 2015 @ 05:27 PM Eastern
Driver Date Time Speed
Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon 09/22/96 03:11:54 82.223
Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
Row 1: 1 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 19.215 98.548
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet 19.227 98.487
Row 2: 3 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Clorox Chevrolet 19.309 98.068
4 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 19.321 98.007
Row 3: 5 24 Jeff Gordon AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet 19.343 97.896
6 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crispy Toyota 19.352 97.850
Row 4: 7 31 Ryan Newman WIX Filters Chevrolet 19.377 97.724
8 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 19.385 97.684
Row 5: 9 42 Kyle Larson Target Plaid Chevrolet 19.398 97.618
10 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 19.421 97.503
Row 6: 11 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 19.432 97.448
12 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 19.452 97.347
Row 7: 13 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 19.344 97.891
14 19 Carl Edwards XFINITY Toyota 19.355 97.835
Row 8: 15 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Chevrolet 19.362 97.800
16 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 19.375 97.734
Row 9: 17 15 Clint Bowyer Maxwell House Toyota 19.379 97.714
18 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 19.434 97.437
Row 10: 19 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 19.449 97.362
20 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Jacob Companies Ford 19.473 97.242
Row 11: 21 48 Jimmie Johnson KOBALT TOOLS Chevrolet 19.499 97.113
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 19.505 97.083
Row 12: 23 51 Justin Allgaier Auto-Owners Insurance Chevrolet 19.562 96.800
24 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 19.384 97.689
Row 13: 25 16 Greg Biffle Ford Performance Ford 19.395 97.633
26 27 Paul Menard Moen/Menards Chevrolet 19.403 97.593
Row 14: 27 40 Landon Cassill(i) Chevrolet 19.436 97.427
28 55 David Ragan Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 19.443 97.392
Row 15: 29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Zest Ford 19.454 97.337
30 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet 19.506 97.078
Row 16: 31 35 Cole Whitt MDS Transportation Ford 19.519 97.013
32 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 19.530 96.959
Row 17: 33 38 David Gilliland Jerry Cook Hall of Fame Tribute Ford 19.537 96.924
34 34 Brett Moffitt # Dockside Logistics Ford 19.576 96.731
Row 18: 35 23 Jeb Burton # Rocky Ridge/Estes Toyota 19.580 96.711
36 83 Matt DiBenedetto # Cosmo Toyota 19.600 96.612
Row 19: 37 98 Ryan Preece Vydox Plus/Champion Machinery Ford Owner Points
38 46 Michael Annett PJ Fresh Chevrolet Owner Points
Row 20: 39 26 JJ Yeley(i) Maxim Toyota Owner Points
40 32 Kyle Fowler KeenParts.com/CorvetteParts.net Ford Owner Points
Row 21: 41 7 Alex Bowman Nikko RC/Toy State Chevrolet Owner Points
42 62 Timmy Hill(i) Acredale Vending Chevrolet Owner Points
Row 22: 43 33 Alex Kennedy # Chevrolet Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: None.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 22 0 Toyota 9 0
Ford 12 0
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series