Joey Logano Wins The Pole At Homestead In Final Race With Joe Gibbs Racing

By Christy Valdez

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has made it’s way to South Beach for the championship finale but it will be Joey Logano leading the field to the green flag Sunday.

In the final Cup Series qualifying session Friday Logano won the pole for the Ford Ecoboost 400 when he posted a lap of 176.056 mph in 30.67seconds. The pole win at Homestead is Logano’s second pole of the year following his pole at Pocono in June.

The pole win comes in Logano’s final race with Joe Gibbs Racing as he will make the move to Penske Racing.

Joining Logano on the front row will be Marcos Ambrose, followed by Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, and Aric Almirola.

In the championship hunt Keselowski qualified in the top five, meanwhile Jimmie Johnson qualified in 10th.

Closing out the top ten were Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch, Martin Martin and Johnson.

During Friday’s Ford Ecoboost 400 qualifying session 47 cars made qualifying laps. Joe Nemechek, Jason Leffler, Steohen Leicht, and Reed Sorenson failed to make the race field.

Heading into the championship finale Keselowski maintains the points lead with 20 points ahead of Johnson. For Keselowski it will be the first time he heads into the final race with the lead but for Johnson it won’t be the first he has went in second into the finale.

Keselowski edged Johnson in qualifying by capturing the better starting position. Going into the final race Keselowski needs a 15th place finish or better to leave Homestead with the championship. He can also clinch the title by finishing 16th and one lap led or 17th and the most laps led even if Johnson captures the checkered flag and leads the most laps.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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