Logano wins pole in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Joey Logano believes two facts are abundantly clear after he emerged from the organized chaos of NASCAR's first three-round knockout qualifying session Friday with the pole position at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

This new qualifying system is a whole lot more interesting than the prior system.

And nobody is quite sure what they're doing yet.

"It gets crazy out there," said Logano, who earned his eighth career pole. "I think it's way cooler than old-style qualifying, don't get me wrong. It's awesome. ... We're all learning right now. It's all new to us, but we're having fun with it. I enjoy it. I think it's cool."

The Penske Ford team has figured it out better than most. Logano won the pole for Sunday's Las Vegas race with a qualifying lap at a track-record 193.28 mph, and he'll start on the front row next to teammate Brad Keselowski, who came in second at 193.099.

The Penske drivers swept the top two spots for the second straight race.


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