Joey Logano Sets yet Another Track Record Gets the Pole at Michigan

By Brian Berg Jr.
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Joey Logano breaks Marcos Ambrose’s track record from June of 2012 and wins the NASCAR Coors Light Pole Award at Michigan International Speedway. He will lead the field to green on Sunday.

In the one and only practice session, Joey Logano was the fastest until right at the end of practice, but he was able to keep it up to not only get the pole for this Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway but also set yet another track record. His speed of 35.303 seconds, 203.949 mph beat the previous record, which was 203.241 mph set by Marcos Ambrose in June of 2012.

Logano continues the trend of these new Generation Six NASCAR Sprint Cup cars setting new track records. This is the 13th new track record this year. Even though the cars look more like cars you can buy at your local dealer and are not as aerodynamic as the previous cars, their reduced weight is contributing to their speed. This is especially evident at those tracks that were most recently repaved.

To further the fact that these track records are a big deal, Joey Logano’s lap was the ninth fastest pole winning lap in NASCAR Sprint Cup History; this from a car that was designed for racing, not pure speed. It doesn’t look like the history of that lap has hit Logano yet.

It wasn’t bad. Good enough to get the pole, so that’s good. I felt like it was going to take a teen or 20 to get the pole and we ran a 30 so I wasn’t very confident about it after it but I’ve had a really good Shell Pennzoil Ford since we unloaded today.” Logano added, “Having clean air here is huge so we will be able to start with that and try to have the right strategy and get our car good for tomorrow and getting it to where we can pass cars and see what happens from there.

With that lap Joey Logano is now qualified for next year’s All-Star race.

If you can’t get to Michigan International Speedway to watch the race it will be broadcast on ESPN on Sunday, August 18th at 12 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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