Sprint Cup Qualifying at Richmond 2015: Pole winner and full results

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Joey Logano is fast. This season, he’s proved that multiple times in races and in qualifying. On Friday night in Richmond, he won his career-high third pole in a single season with a final speed of 127.071 mph and 21.248 seconds.

Already a winner in the Daytona 500 this season, Logano is still eyeing his second victory of the year. Coming off a spring victory last year in Richmond, he’s lined up perfectly for a repeat at the track.

Starting on the front row with Logano will be Denny Hamlin, who is returning to the track after suffering neck spasms last Sunday. Hamlin provided an update on his status following qualifying, saying he’s now “100 percent” on the Fox Sports 1 broadcast.

Here’s a look at the starting order for the Toyota Owners 400:

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Kurt Busch
  4. A.J. Allmendinger (!)
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Martin Truex Jr.
  7. Brad Keselowski
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Jamie McMurray
  10. David Ragan
  11. Jeff Gordon
  12. Kyle Larson
  13. Tony Stewart
  14. Brett Moffitt (!)
  15. Paul Menard
  16. Chase Elliott (!)
  17. Clint Bowyer
  18. Carl Edwards
  19. Landon Cassill
  20. Austin Dillon
  21. Danica Patrick
  22. Justin Allgaier
  23. Ryan Newman
  24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  25. Casey Mears
  26. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  27. Aric Almirola
  28. Josh Wise
  29. Sam Hornish Jr.
  30. David Gilliland
  31. Cole Whitt
  32. Greg Biffle
  33. Jeff Green
  34. Trevor Bayne
  35. Joey Gase
  36. Jimmie Johnson
  37. Matt DiBenedetto
  38. Michael Annett
  39. J.J. Yeley
  40. Kasey Kahne
  41. Alex Bowman
  42. Alex Kennedy
  43. Reed Sorenson
Image courtesy of @NASCARONFOX.

Image courtesy of @NASCARONFOX.

Hendrick Motorsports didn’t get off to a great start in qualifying as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne all failed to advance to the second round. All three will start outside of the top 25, but have solid results at Richmond in their careers.

Luckily, Hendrick has five cars in this weekend’s race.

Chase Elliott advanced to the second round and eventually qualified 16th for his second Sprint Cup start. Jeff Gordon made it to the third round, but narrowly missed out on the top 10 to start at 11th place. Ironically enough, both drivers finished second twice last year at Richmond in two different series.

Along with Elliott making a surprising run into the second round, A.J. Allmendinger showed some speed by finishing fourth. Brett Moffitt is also starting in the top 15 in a fill-in role for Michael Waltrip Racing. David Ragan will reportedly be stepping into that seat soon, so Moffitt getting a strong run in will help him in the future.

In order for Hendrick, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing or any other team to get out front, they’ll have to chase down Team Penske. After sweeping RIR last season in the spring and fall, Logano and Brad Keselowski are once again starting in the top 10.

On a short track like Richmond, no car will come away completely clean like qualifying. The race gets started on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET with a lot on the line for every driver who has yet to win a race. With Logano out front again, catching him at RIR is easier said than done.

 

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