Logano Puts His Ford On Michigan Pole

Joey Logano earned the pole for Sunday's Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan Int'l Speedway. (Todd Ridgeway Photo)
Joey Logano earned the pole for Sunday's Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan Int'l Speedway. (Todd Ridgeway Photo)

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Joey Logano put his Team Penske Ford on the pole for the Firekeepers Casino 400 Saturday afternoon at Michigan Int’l Speedway.

Logano led a Ford armada Saturday afternoon as the Detroit-based brand earned eight of the top-10 spots for Sunday’s race at the Michigan oval. Logano’s 38.474-second lap 187.139 mph gave him his second pole of the season on Saturday.

“Such a huge advantage to be on the front row here at Michigan and how important it is in Ford’s backyard and Roger (Penske’s) backyard to have a good run here,” Logano said. “We actually went to dinner with Edsel (Ford II) the other night and he told us how important it was to have a victory here.

“Glad we could deliver so far, at least, in qualifying. Hopefully in the race this Shell/Pennzoil Ford has as much speed and handling to be able to stay up there.”

Joining him on the front row for Sunday’s race will be Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driver Aric Almirola, who came up .019 of a second shy of Logano’s fast lap. Kevin Harvick qualified third in his Ford, with Denny Hamlin taking the fourth spot in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Clint Bowyer completed the top-five in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.

Paul Menard, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. completed the top-10 in qualifying Saturday afternoon.

Below is the starting lineup for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Firekeepers Casino 400, scheduled for Sunday at Michigan Int’l Speedway.

1. Joey Logano
2. Aric Almirola
3. Kevin Harvick
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Paul Menard
7. Kurt Busch
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Daniel Suarez
10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
11. Daniel Hemric
12. Austin Dillon
13. Ryan Blaney
14. Erik Jones
15. Kyle Busch
16. Martin Truex Jr.
17. Chase Elliott
18. Ryan Newman
19. Jimmie Johnson
20. Alex Bowman
21. William Byron
22. Kyle Larson
23. Michael McDowell
24. David Ragan
25. Ty Dillon
26. Matt Tifft
27. Bubba Wallace
28. Ryan Preece
29. Matt DiBenedetto
30. Landon Cassill
31. Chris Buescher
32. Corey LaJoie
33. Kyle Weatherman
34. Josh Bilicki
35. Quin Houff
36. Garrett Smithley