In his last weekend with Joe Gibbs Racing, Joey Logano put the No. 20 car on the pole Friday for Sunday’s EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a lap time of 30.672 sceonds.
“These guys have given me a really good RedBeacon.com Toyota here,” Logano said. “We were good in practice and they made the right adjustments for us to make sure it was good when the sun went down. They did their part and I did my part, and it came out perfect. I appreciate it. My last run with them, so it’s awesome to get a pole for them again.”
Logano will be joined on the front row for the green flag by Macos Ambrose, who turned in a second-fastest 30.797-second lap.
“That was not exactly what we wanted,” Ambrose said. “The car was better than we had it in practice though so that was good.”
Of the two championship contenders, Brad Keselowski was the highest qualifier. He’ll start on the inside of the second row. Meanwhile, his title rival, Jimmie Johnson, will start 10th. Keselowski will be joined on the second row by Carl Edwards.
“We always want to be better,” Johnson said. “We always want to be faster, but it was a solid, respectable qualifying lap.”
Johnson’s 10th-place qualifying effort was the best for Chevrolet, with Toyota and Ford claiming most of the top-nine spots on the starting grid for Sunday’s race, with the exception of Keselowski’s third-place effort in the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge.
Qualifying fifth through ninth were Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Mark Martin.
Forty-seven drivers made qualifying attempts for the last race of the season. Drivers failing to make the race include Reed Sorenson, Stephen Leicht, Jason Leffler and Joe Nemechek.
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