Martinsville Busch Pole Award Goes To Joey Logano

Joey Logano (HHP/Harold Hinson photo)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Joey Logano will start first for Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500.

Logano, the driver of the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske, received the Busch Pole Award courtesy of the highest metric score among the 37 cars entered to compete.

Lap speed is weighted at 15 percent, previous race finish at 25 percent for the driver and owner results and owner points position at 35 percent to calculate the final metric score.

Logano earned the pole with a metric score of 2.4, factoring in his recent dirt win at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, the eighth-fastest lap from that event and his runner-up seeding in the point standings after seven of 36 races this season.

He’ll be joined on the front row at the half-mile paper clip by Cup Series point leader Denny Hamlin, a five-time Martinsville winner who is still seeking his first victory of the season.

William Byron, Ryan Blaney and defending Cup Series champion Chase Elliott start third through fifth, respectively.

Filling out the first five rows of the grid are Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski.

To view the full starting lineup and metric qualifying breakdown, click here.

Saturday’s Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. ET start, with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.