Logano Wins Kansas Pole

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KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s race as Kansas Speedway on Friday as he battles for a place in the next level of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship.  Logano has won once this year but must guard against losing his position in the battle for the final eight places in the standings.

Logano jumped out of his car after the fast lap in the final round of qualifying joking to his team and thanking them for all the changes they made to make it possible.  Truth be known, the crew changed absolutely nothing.

“We made zero changes from the time we unloaded to qualifying,” Logano said after his lap of 191.646 mph. “They did a great job of preparing the car.”

Logano heads into the final race before the playoff field is cut from 12 to eight with a 39-point buffer, so it’s not as if he’s in trouble. But starting up front allows him to chase stage points early, and that could eliminate some of the pressure later in the race.

“It helps a little bit. We want to be able to score some stage points to start,” he said, “but hopefully we don’t have to worry about points and we can just go win the race.”

Kevin Harvick is in similar shape after qualifying second, while fellow playoff drivers Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.

Keselowski is the first driver outside the playoff cutoff.

Kyle Busch, who sits between Harvick and Logano in the playoff standings, will start sixth after a solid effort at a track he’s slowly grown to love. Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. are on the bubble, and Bowyer will start 14th, while Truex, the reigning series champion, will start 12th.

Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch rounded out the top 10. Kyle Larson crashed his primary car in practice and officially qualified 27th, though he’ll be sent to the back on Sunday.

 Larson’s appeal of a rules violation from last week’s race at Talladega was denied, a blow to the Chip Ganassi Racing driver’s chances of advancing in the playoffs.

Larson was docked 10 points, crew chiefs Chad Johnston was fined $25,000 and car chief David Bryant was suspended for Sunday’s race after officials determined the team used unapproved metal tabs, in violation of NASCAR’s policy on damaged vehicles.

Time Trial Results
Kansas Speedway
18th Annual Hollywood Casino 400
Driver Date Time Speed
Track Qualifying Record: Kevin Harvick 10/05/14 27.325 197.621
Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
Qualifying Round: 3
1 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil Ford 28.177 191.646 1 1 0.000 0.000
2 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Busch Light Ford 28.246 191.178 1 1 0.069 0.069
3 10 Aric Almirola (P) Smithfield Ford 28.277 190.968 1 1 0.100 0.031
4 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Wrangler Riggs Ford 28.282 190.934 1 1 0.105 0.005
5 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Discount Tire Ford 28.313 190.725 1 1 0.136 0.031
6 20 Erik Jones Craftsman Toyota 28.336 190.570 1 1 0.159 0.023
7 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Halloween Toyota 28.340 190.543 1 1 0.163 0.004
8 19 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Toyota 28.354 190.449 1 1 0.177 0.014
9 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 28.417 190.027 1 1 0.240 0.063
10 88 Alex Bowman (P) Nationwide Chevrolet 28.422 189.994 1 1 0.245 0.005
11 41 Kurt Busch (P) Haas Automation/Mobil 1 Ford 28.482 189.593 1 1 0.305 0.060
12 78 Martin Truex Jr.  (P) Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota 28.513 189.387 1 2 0.336 0.031
Qualifying Round: 2
1 10 Aric Almirola (P) Smithfield Ford 28.239 191.225 1 1 0.000 0.000
2 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Busch Light Ford 28.260 191.083 1 1 0.021 0.021
3 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil Ford 28.271 191.008 1 1 0.032 0.011
4 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Wrangler Riggs Ford 28.298 190.826 1 1 0.059 0.027
5 20 Erik Jones Craftsman Toyota 28.308 190.759 1 1 0.069 0.010
6 41 Kurt Busch (P) Haas Automation/Mobil 1 Ford 28.314 190.718 1 1 0.075 0.006
7 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Halloween Toyota 28.338 190.557 1 1 0.099 0.024
8 78 Martin Truex Jr.  (P) Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota 28.352 190.463 1 1 0.113 0.014
9 19 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Toyota 28.373 190.322 1 1 0.134 0.021
10 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Discount Tire Ford 28.377 190.295 1 1 0.138 0.004
11 88 Alex Bowman (P) Nationwide Chevrolet 28.383 190.255 1 1 0.144 0.006
12 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 28.408 190.087 1 2 0.169 0.025
13 9 Chase Elliott (P) Mountain Dew Chevrolet 28.417 190.027 1 3 0.178 0.009
14 14 Clint Bowyer (P) Dekalb Ford 28.424 189.980 3 3 0.185 0.007
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 28.453 189.787 1 3 0.214 0.029
16 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 28.459 189.747 1 3 0.220 0.006
17 24 William Byron # Unifirst Chevrolet 28.461 189.733 1 3 0.222 0.002
18 21 Paul Menard Menards/NIBCO Ford 28.553 189.122 3 3 0.314 0.092
19 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Rehydrate Ford 28.557 189.095 1 3 0.318 0.004
20 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Trick. Treat. Win! Chevrolet 28.599 188.818 1 3 0.360 0.042
21 37 Chris Buescher Bush's Chili Beans Chevrolet 28.599 188.818 1 1 0.360 0.000
22 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet 28.628 188.627 1 3 0.389 0.029
23 3 Austin Dillon Dow Chevrolet 28.640 188.547 1 3 0.401 0.012
24 34 Michael McDowell Coburn Supply Company Ford 28.740 187.891 1 1 0.501 0.100
*Required to qualify on time, OP - Top 30 in Owner Points, PC - Past Champion,(i)Ineligible for driver points in this series
Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
Qualifying Round: 1
1 14 Clint Bowyer (P) Dekalb Ford 28.228 191.299 1 1 0.000 0.000
2 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Busch Light Ford 28.235 191.252 1 1 0.007 0.007
3 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Halloween Toyota 28.271 191.008 1 1 0.043 0.036
4 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil Ford 28.327 190.631 1 1 0.099 0.056
5 78 Martin Truex Jr.  (P) Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota 28.373 190.322 1 1 0.145 0.046
6 41 Kurt Busch (P) Haas Automation/Mobil 1 Ford 28.382 190.261 1 1 0.154 0.009
7 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Discount Tire Ford 28.431 189.934 1 1 0.203 0.049
8 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Wrangler Riggs Ford 28.460 189.740 1 1 0.232 0.029
9 21 Paul Menard Menards/NIBCO Ford 28.463 189.720 1 1 0.235 0.003
10 10 Aric Almirola (P) Smithfield Ford 28.470 189.673 1 1 0.242 0.007
11 20 Erik Jones Craftsman Toyota 28.486 189.567 1 1 0.258 0.016
12 9 Chase Elliott (P) Mountain Dew Chevrolet 28.506 189.434 1 1 0.278 0.020
13 3 Austin Dillon Dow Chevrolet 28.529 189.281 1 1 0.301 0.023
14 88 Alex Bowman (P) Nationwide Chevrolet 28.548 189.155 1 1 0.320 0.019
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 28.598 188.824 1 1 0.370 0.050
16 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 28.606 188.772 1 1 0.378 0.008
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet 28.640 188.547 1 1 0.412 0.034
18 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Trick. Treat. Win! Chevrolet 28.650 188.482 1 1 0.422 0.010
19 24 William Byron # Unifirst Chevrolet 28.661 188.409 1 1 0.433 0.011
20 19 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Toyota 28.677 188.304 1 1 0.449 0.016
21 37 Chris Buescher Bush's Chili Beans Chevrolet 28.680 188.285 1 1 0.452 0.003
22 34 Michael McDowell Coburn Supply Company Ford 28.697 188.173 1 1 0.469 0.017
23 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 28.734 187.931 1 1 0.506 0.037
24 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Rehydrate Ford 28.736 187.918 1 1 0.508 0.002
25 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 28.767 187.715 1 1 0.539 0.031
26 95 Regan Smith Tommy Williams Drywall Chevrolet 28.805 187.467 3 3 0.577 0.038
27 42 Kyle Larson (P) McDonald's Trick. Treat. Win! Chevrolet 28.852 187.162 1 2 0.624 0.047
28 38 David Ragan MDS Transport Ford 28.856 187.136 3 3 0.628 0.004
29 43 Bubba Wallace # Transportation Impact Chevrolet 28.946 186.554 1 1 0.718 0.090
30 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 29.020 186.079 1 2 0.792 0.074
31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Plan B Sales Ford 29.093 185.612 1 1 0.865 0.073
32 15 Ross Chastain(i) Durkin Tactical Chevrolet 29.349 183.993 1 1 1.121 0.256
33 96 * Jeffrey Earnhardt Xtreme Concepts/iK9 Toyota 29.468 183.250 3 3 1.240 0.119
34 72 Corey LaJoie Dragonchain Chevrolet 29.486 183.138 1 1 1.258 0.018
35 00 Landon Cassill(i) Share Foundation Chevrolet 29.625 182.278 1 3 1.397 0.139
36 23 JJ Yeley(i) BK Racing Toyota 29.804 181.184 1 2 1.576 0.179
37 99 * Kyle Weatherman StarCom Fiber Chevrolet 29.892 180.650 1 1 1.664 0.088
38 51 BJ McLeod(i) Jacob Companies Chevrolet 30.313 178.141 1 1 2.085 0.421
39 7 * Reed Sorenson Harrah's North Kansas City Chevrolet 30.356 177.889 1 1 2.128 0.043
40 66 * Timmy Hill(i) Ternio Toyota 30.387 177.708 3 3 2.159 0.031
*Required to qualify on time, OP - Top 30 in Owner Points, PC - Past Champion,(i)Ineligible for driver points in this series

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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