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Logano wins third consecutive pole at Martinsville

  • Diver Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes a break during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at the Martinsville Speedway Friday, April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Diver Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes a break during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at the Martinsville Speedway Friday, April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano, right, is congratulated by a crew member after wining the pole for Sunday's STP 500 Sprint Cup race at the Martinsville Speedway Friday, April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano, right, is congratulated by a crew member after wining the pole for Sunday's STP 500 Sprint Cup race at the Martinsville Speedway Friday, April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Diver Joey Logano (22) runs through turn two during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at the Martinsville Speedway Friday, April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Diver Joey Logano (22) runs through turn two during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at the Martinsville Speedway Friday, April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on Friday.

It is the third consecutive pole for Logano on the smallest and oldest track in the premier series. He's the first driver to do that on the 0.526-mile oval since Jeff Gordon won three in a row in 2003-04.

Logano, the fastest in all three rounds of qualifying, barely edged Kasey Kahne with a speed of 97.043 mph, while Kahne's best lap was at 97.033 mph.

The last time the series visited Martinsville, Logano had perhaps his best chance to win, but a simmering feud with Matt Kenseth boiled over and Kenseth took Logano out while he was leading the race with 46 laps remaining. The action earned Kenseth a two-race suspension.