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Logano takes pole at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — Joey Logano heard the rumors at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Carl Edwards, the biggest free agent in NASCAR, was being pursued to sign a lucrative deal with JGR. And if Edwards signed, he'd poach Logano's ride in the No. 20 Toyota and the coveted Home Depot sponsorship.

Logano couldn't do anything about the negotiations. All he could do was drive.

Edwards stayed with Roush Fenway Racing, and Logano appears secure in his car.

Pushed by the public contract talks, Logano responded with his best finishes of the season and kept rolling at Pocono Raceway, turning a lap of 172.055 mph Saturday to win his second pole of the year. The 21-year-old driver became the youngest pole winner at Pocono. It was his third career pole in Sprint Cup.

Logano was once the hottest prospect in the sport but has had mostly mixed reviews in his still-blossoming career. He opened this season with a mediocre Daytona 500 — he finished 23rd — and an engine failure the next week at Phoenix dropped Logano to 29th in the points standings.

He rallied and had top-six finishes in three of four races entering last weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He finished 25th and is 19th in the standings.

Kasey Kahne joins him on the front row for Sunday's race.