Logano earned his eighth pole of the season and 15th in just 66 career NNS starts with a lap of 171.499 miles per hour around the 1.5-mile oval, good enough to put the No. 20 JGR Toyota on the pole. Busch and his No. 18 Toyota were close behind at 171.472 mph to take the outside spot on Row 1 for this afternoon’s race.
Third fast in time trials was Brad Keselowski, 170.805 mph, in his No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge. Keselowski already has clinched the drivers’ championship this season, but the owners’ battle will be settled later today. Busch’s No. 18 Toyota leads the No. 12 Penske Dodge by 41 points in the owners’ battle, which Busch can clinch by either finishing fifth or finishing sixth and leading at least one lap.
Completing the top five qualifiers for the Ford 300 were JR Motorsports teammates Aric Almirola, who ran 170.665 mph, and Danica Patrick at170.519 mph.
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