Joey Logano made it three in a row on Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway, capturing his third consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series pole at the track when he turned a lap at 154.972 mph to secure the top starting position for this afternoon’s race.
Logano, who narrowly missed a fifth consecutive Dover NASCAR Nationwide Series win in the June event, swept the two Nationwide series races in both 2012 and 2013, and in doing so became the first driver to win four consecutive races at the track on any circuit. But the streak came to an end in May, when he finished third. Today’s pole is the fifth of his career at the Monster Mile, which ties a record held by Harry Gant.
Kyle Busch won that May race, and both he and Logano will be trying to become the first five-time NASCAR Nationwide Series winner at Dover when they take the green flag this afternoon. Busch will start fifth after spinning a lap of 152.983 mph.
Chase Elliott has other things on his agenda though, such as solidifying his point lead in the series. He’ll start second after turning a lap of 154.865 mph, which was just 16 thousandths slower than Logano, or in length terms, about a foot. Ty Dillon will start third, followed by Kyle Larson and then Busch. Chris Buescher, Brian Scott, Regan Smith, Cale Conley and Elliott Sadler round out the top 10.
Aside from the qualifying competition, Josh Reaume provided some excitement for the fans and some chagrin for his team when he lost control coming out of Turn 4 and rammed hood-first into the front stretch wall. He made the starting field on owners points and will start at the rear of the field in a backup car.
The green flag drops on the Sept. 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway at 3:30 p.m.