Joey Logano earns first pole of season at PIR

Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, continued his hot streak in the desert at Phoenix Raceway on Friday’s Gatorade Pole Day. The 26-year-old followed up his win in last November’s Can-Am 500 by turning in the fastest lap in qualifying to capture pole position for Sunday’s Camping World 500.

“The guys did a great job on our Shell Pennzoil Ford,” said Logano. “When we were going down the front straightaway, I thought I had a pretty good one and two, I was able to hook the bottom, pretty good there. I didn’t think it was going to be quite good enough, but I pushed as hard as I could. Sometimes you overdrive it a little bit and you still can make some heat. I’m proud of this team, proud of our Ford Front Row, so it’s a pretty special deal. Time to race now.”

Joey Logano earned his first pole position of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with a speed of 137.321 miles per hour. The pole is his fourth at Phoenix International Raceway, located in Arizona.

Additionally, Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Reser’s Main St. Bistro Toyota, earned the quickest lap times and speed during Fridays practice sessions for the NASCAR Xfinity Series at PIR. Jones accomplished the oval at 27.827 seconds and his highest speed was clocked at 131.521 miles per hour.

Saturday’s action features NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying at 10:05 a.m. and the DC Solar 200 at 1 p.m. Sunday’s Camping World 500 gets under way at 12:30 pm.

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