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NASCAR Starting Lineup At Pocono Raceway: Joey Logano Shakes Rumors To Win Second Pole Of 2011

Putting all of the job security rumors out of his mind, Joey Logano was able to post the fastest qualifying time of Saturday's session at Pocono Raceway and put the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota on a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole for the second time in 2011. 

Admitting the rumors of Carl Edwards taking over the No. 20 ride stayed in the back of his mind, Logano said he never let them come into play on the race track and remained focused throughout. In addition, the focus on those rumors have kept his team's momentum out of the spotlight. 

"The last six or seven races, our team has done a good job," he said. "We've been doing a good job lately, building a lot of momentum. If we keep doing that, eventually a win is going to happen. Confidence in the whole team is definitely up right now, especially with me."

Rolling off 26th in qualifying, Logano said a lot of teams looked at the weekend schedule and saw an early qualifying session and sandbagged their practice sessions to get a late qualifying run. The effort paid off for the No. 20 team as the weather held off and his lap time held up. 

Posting the second fastest time of the day was Red Bull Racing's Kasey Kahne. His second-straight outside pole run, Kahne is looking to better his 18th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Martin Truex Jr, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five, while Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick made up the rest of the top 10.

Jeff Gordon tagged the wall during his qualifying lap, but was still able to post the 31st-fastest time and was not forced to a back-up car. 

Here is the starting lineup for Sunday's NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway:

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Kasey Kahne
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Carl Edwards
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Paul Menard
  8. Jeff Burton
  9. Greg Biffle
  10. Kevin Harvick
  11. Kyle Busch
  12. Ryan Newman
  13. Brad Keselowski
  14. Clint Bowyer
  15. David Ragan
  16. Jamie McMurray
  17. Regan Smith
  18. Jimmie Johnson
  19. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
  20. Matt Kenseth
  21. Dave Blaney
  22. Bobby Labonte
  23. Juan Pablo Montoya
  24. David Gilliland
  25. Mark Martin
  26. Brian Vickers
  27. Marcos Ambrose
  28. Tony Stewart
  29. AJ Allmendinger
  30. Todd Bodine
  31. Jeff Gordon
  32. Casey Mears
  33. David Reutimann
  34. J.J. Yeley
  35. Erik Darnell
  36. Landon Cassill
  37. David Stremme
  38. Robby Gordon
  39. Travis Kvapil
  40. Scott Speed
  41. Joe Nemechek
  42. Jason White
  43. Andy Lally
DNQ: Geoffrey Bodine, TJ Bell, Mike Skinner