Joey Logano might be preparing for his first appearance in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but he’ll be doing it from the front of the field.
Logano won the pole for the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway when he posted a qualifying lap of 189.414 mph in 28.509 seconds. Logano’s pole win on Friday was a new track record at Chicago, for his second pole of the season. His last pole win at Michigan was also a new track record.
Joining Logano on the front row for the first race in the 2013 chase will be Brad Keselowski, making it a Penske Racing front row. Keselowski is the defending race winner from 2012.
Juan Pablo Montoya qualified in third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Ricky Stenhouse to close out the top five.
Starting off the chase with a pole in the first race might be the confidence booster Logani needed. Following NASCAR’s review of the race at Richmond, and after Penske Racing was placed on probation, the pole win gave some good news to the team.
Making his first chase appearance a pole should make Logano feel good — the last time he started on the pole and in record making fashion, he won the race. He also accomplished that feature back in Pocono in June 2012.
After a drama filled week concerning the chase, and after having his spot in the chase possibly in limbo, Logano is ready to start the chase as well as the rest of the Cup Series field.
Chicago will be the first of 10 races on the road to crown a new champion, and the first of what will turn out to be an unforgettable chase.