Logano, mired in controversy as he took advantage of apparent help from Michael Waltrip Racing (to in turn help Martin Truex Jr.) and from David Gilliland to make the Chase, put all that talk—and the announced Logano’s team would be on probation the remainder of the season—behind him as he turned a track-record lap of 189.414 miles per hour on the 1.5-mile oval.
“Hopefully, this helps prove (detractors) all wrong that we deserve to be here, because this 22 team has got what it takes and we've proven that all year long,” Logano said. “I guess we have to do that for 10 more races and prove them wrong a little bit more.”
Logano will be joined on the front row by his Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski (189.248), the 2012 Cup champion who didn’t make the Chase field.
“If you put someone talented enough like Joey is and really all of our teams and team members, you’re going to persevere through those things and you have to be able to (in order to) make it at the Cup level,” Keselowski said.
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