Joey Logano wins the pole for the Great Clips 200 at Phoenix
Joey Logano has won yet another pole award in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will lead the field to the green flag for the 14th annual Great Clips 200 at the Phoenix International Raceway later on this afternoon after recording a lap time of 27.14 seconds at 132.621 mph.
Logano will be departing the team after next weekend’s season finale at Homestead which should make the pole award even more important as he closes out his career with the team that gave him his first shot in the sport.
Kyle Busch will start on the outside of the first row after being just four one hundredths of a second behind Logano with a time of 27.18 seconds.
There are several notables once qualifying was completed. Brian Vickers will make his Joe Gibbs Racing debut as he will start fifth in the No. 20 Toyota. Brad Keselowski is returning to Nationwide Series competition for the first time since Charlotte in October as he will start sixth in Saturday’s event.
The championship battle continues this weekend as Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Austin Dillon fight for the top spot in Nationwide Series points. Sadler hit the wall hard on his second lap in qualifying and will go to a backup car after he over drove his primary car entering turn three as he was on pace for a top five lap at the time.
Stenhouse Jr. will start the day in eighth, but is definitely not what he was looking for in search of back-to-back championships. Dillon qualified the strongest out of the three, but he is the furthest back as he will start third, 20 points behind Stenhouse and Sadler.
Carl Long and Joey Gase were the only two drivers not to make the race. Nur Ali will make his second career start even though he was eight seconds off the pace during qualifying. Noel Dowler will be making his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with Rick Ware Racing as he will start 41st.
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