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Logano captures Phoenix pole

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Joey Logano capped a day in the spotlight with a fast late lap Friday to claim the pole for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup's Camping World 500.

Logano won with a top speed of 137.321 mph on the Phoenix International Raceway track.

With the temperature in the low 90s and the sun beginning to set, Ryan Blaney qualified second at 136.877 to give Ford the top two spots to start Sunday's Cup race.

Logano and Blaney bumped Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Chevrolet (136.783) out of the top spot he had held through most of the final qualifying round.

The day began for Logano with a meeting with Kyle Busch and NASCAR officials about the crash and subsequent scuffle, which left Busch bloodies, after Sunday's race in Las Vegas.

Logano is ready for a hot Sunday, when the high could hit 96 degrees.

"I think racing in the heat of the day, when it's hot out, is the best racing, and I think maybe the whole garage may agree," Logano said. "When it's hot, the track gets wide, it's greasy, there's a lot more passing, tires become more important because there's more fall-off."

NHRA: Tony Schumacher (3.682 seconds in Top Fuel), John Force (3,832 in Funny Car) and Jason Line (6.476 in Pro Stock) each set Gainesville Raceway records to lead their classes in qualifying at the Gatornationals.

Logano captures Phoenix pole 03/17/17 [Last modified: Friday, March 17, 2017 10:38pm]
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