CP MOTORSPORTS - LOGANO WINS KANSAS POLE; JONES, HARVICK LEAD PRACTICES
Qualifying for Saturday's Spongebob Squarepants 400 from Kansas Speedway ended with a familiar face leading gaining the pole position for Sunday's race.
Joey Logano recorded a fast lap of 192.397 mph, making him the only driver over the 192 mark. The pole is the fourth of the season for the 2015 Daytona 500 Champion; the most of any driver so far on the 2015 season.
"At a race track like this track position is key," Logano said. "We've all seen what clean air can do for a race car. I feel like I've got a fast AAA Fusion obviously in qualifying trim it was fast but in race trim I also feel like it's got some good speed out there."
The top starting position is Logano's first at Kansas and the 12th total pole of his career.
"It's definitely cool to get another pole," Logano added. "Last season it took us almost a whole year to get a pole. We won a bunch of first and second session but we'd fall flat on our face in the third session, so it's pretty special to figure out these third sessions and still have a lot of speed in our cars when we get to those rounds. "
Joining Logano on the front row will be Kasey Kahne by virtue of a 191.911 mph lap speed.
"Our final run was our best run of the day," Kahne admitted. "I'm happy with the car, the speed of the car, the engine, and the guys for making it better throughout the entire day. I look forward to tomorrow night; it's going to be an interesting race. I always enjoy racing here at Kansas, and we'll see what we got."
Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex, Jr, and Carl Edwards rounded out the race's top five starters.
The final Sprint Cup practice session of the weekend also took place on Friday with rookie standout Erik Jones topping the speed charts.
Jones, driving the #18 M&M's Toyota for the injured Kyle Busch, notched a fast lap of 191.306. The 18-year old Michigan native also won the pole for Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race will be making his first official Sprint Cup start on Saturday night and will start in the 12th position.
Jones is eager for the challenge of double duty at Kansas.
"It's definitely the farthest you can get in two race cars," Jones said. "It's two good race cars. We've got a good Tundra for the race tonight and a good Camry for the race tomorrow, so that helped out a lot. Kind of knowing the difference between the two cars, so you know as a driver when you're jumping back and forth. You keep that in your mind when you do it, and we're able to go back and forth and keep good speed in each one of them."
The defending race winner, Jeff Gordon, logged a fast lap of 191.184 mph making him second fastest in the session. Pole winner Joey Logano was third fastest. Martin Truex, Jr, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr, rounded out the final session top five.
Kevin Harvick, the Sprint Cup points leader entering this weekend at Kansas, was fastest in Friday afternoon's first practice with a fast lap of 190.772. The defending Sprint Cup champion set the track record during qualifying at Kansas last season at 197.612.
Logano was second fastest in Friday opening session. Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt, Jr, rounded out the session's top five fastest drivers.