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Joey Logano stays perfect at Kentucky Speedway with third pole in a row

By Lee Montgomery
lee.montgomery@nnsracing.com

SPARTA, Ky. - Joey Logano's quest for perfection at Kentucky Speedway remained intact, as he qualified for the pole for Saturday's Meijer 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

Logano has raced twice at Kentucky in the Nationwide Series, winning both poles and races in his previous attempts. He goes for his third victory in a row in tonight's race.

"I think we were okay. Obviously qualifying worked pretty good for us," Logano said after turning the fastest series qualifying circuit at the track since 2006.
"These (double-duty) races are hard. It seems we adjusted the car a lot more than we had in practice. The tire is different this year, so that kind of threw us a little bit of a curveball. We got the thing close, I wasn’t really happy when I left last night. I know they made some changes to it, so hopefully there’s more speed in it. It’s a fun racetrack because it’s so wide. It’s cool because you carry a lot of momentum around here," he added.

"I think we were OK," Logano said. "Obviously qualifying worked pretty good for us. These (double-duty) races are hard. It seems we adjusted the car a lot more than we had in practice. The tire is different this year, so that kind of threw us a little bit of a curveball. We got the thing close, I wasn’t really happy when I left last night. I know they made some changes to it, so hopefully there’s more speed in it. It’s a fun race track because it’s so wide. It’s cool because you carry a lot of momentum around here."

Logano qualified the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 177.212 mph, nearly four-tenths of a second faster than the entire field. JGR teammate Brad Coleman was second at 174.995, 0.386 seconds slower than Logano.

Justin Allgaier starts third, with Josh Wise fourth and Scott Riggs fifth. Sixth through 10th were Mike Bliss, Reed Sorenson, Paul Menard, Coleman Pressley and Carl Edwards.

See the starting lineup here.