NASCAR: Joey Logano Wins Second Pole of Season at Pocono Raceway

Luke KrmpotichContributor IIAugust 6, 2011

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 24:  Joey Logano, driver of the #20 The Home Depot Toyota, celebrates setting the pole position during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 24, 2011 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Joey Logano has won the pole for Sunday's Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway with a lap of 52.31 seconds at 172.055 mph. Logano was the only driver faster than 172 mph during qualifying.

Kasey Kahne was second, 0.12 seconds slower than Logano. Martin Truex Jr. was third at 52.48 seconds, Carl Edwards took fourth at 52.49 and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five with a lap of 52.49 seconds.

Logano scored his second pole of the 2011 season and the third of his career. He will be going for his first career top-10 at Pocono. His best finish in five previous starts at the track is an 11th two months ago. Three of his other finishes have been 23rd or worse.

Logano comes into Pocono with the momentum of three top-6 finishes in his last five starts, although he struggled a bit last week at Indianapolis en route to a 25th-place finish. He has led just 12 laps all season and will be looking to add to that total.

Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin was slow in practice but qualified a strong sixth. A four-time Pocono winner, Hamlin figures to be a threat to win the race on Sunday. Hamlin finished 19th at Pocono earlier this year but led a race-high 76 laps.

Paul Menard qualified seventh, Jeff Burton was eighth-fastest, Greg Biffle ninth and Kevin Harvick filled out the top ten on the grid.

June Pocono winner Jeff Gordon struggled to find speed in practice and it showed during qualifying, as Gordon posted just the 31st quickest time around the quirky triangular 2.5-mile track.

The three drivers with the best average finishes for the past five Pocono races all qualified relatively poorly. Tony Stewart (7.4 average finish with one win) was a lowly 28th, Jimmie Johnson (7.8 average) qualified 18th and Juan Pablo Montoya (8.2 average) will roll off 23rd.