JOPLIN, Mo. - Joey Logano captured the pole for the Folds of Honor 500 on Sunday after posting a fast lap of 28.477 seconds, 194.683 mph. Logano, fresh off a Daytona 500 victory, earned his ninth career pole on Friday late afternoon. The race on Sunday will mark his 221 career Sprint Cup Series start.
Kevin Harvick will start beside Logano on the front row. Harvick, who held the pole for a short time before Logano knocked him off, posted a time of 28.608 seconds, 193.792 mph. The 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion was 0.131 seconds away from earning his 15th career pole in the series.
Starting in third will be Jamie McMurray in his No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing. McMurray turned a quick lap of 28.633 seconds, 193.623 mph. The Missouri native goes into Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 looking for his eighth Sprint Cup Series victory.
A total of 13 cars did not post a time in the first qualifying session because they did not pass pre-qualifying technical inspection. These included Mike Wallace, Jeb Burton, Jeff Gordon, Michael Annett, Reed Sorenson, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Matt DiBenedetto, Regan Smith, Cole Whitt, Jimmie Johnson, Landon Cassill and Alex Bowman. The Performance Racing Network radio broadcast said these teams had an issue with the camber. NASCAR pushed back the start of qualifying by 15 minutes to allow additional time.
The four teams who failed to make the race include Mike Wallace, Matt DiBenedetto, Michael Annett and Reed Sorenson. Landon Cassill, who was said to have missed the race, will start the event from the 43rd position.