Penske sweeps front row in Chicagoland qualifying


Shortly after the announcement came down from NASCAR on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., that Penske Racing, along with Front Row Motorsports, was on probation for the remainder of the year because of actions at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Sept. 7, Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski swept the front row in Sprint Cup Series qualifying for Sunday’s Geico 400. Logano claimed the pole with a 28.509-second lap — a new track qualifying record. It’s Logano’s second pole of the 2013 season. Keselowski qualified second with a lap time of 28.534 seconds.

“It feels good,” Logano said of his most recent pole. “It feels really good to be sitting up here and getting a pole. Thos Shell-Pennzoil Ford and this whole 22 team and all of Penske Racing have been working their guts off, and it shows today when you have a Penske one-two front starting positions like that. That’s a really big deal for everybody that works at the shop. It shows.”

Two Chevrolet drivers claimed the second row for Sunday’s race. Juan Pablo Montoya qualified third and Kasey Kahne fourth. Series rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounded out the top-five in qualifying.

Sixth through 10th on the starting grid for Sunday’s race will be Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson.

Forty-three cars made qualifying attempts, exactly the number needed for a full race field; therefore, all who qualified made the race.

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