Joey Logano beats Almirola for Michigan Cup pole

Joey Logano earned his second pole of the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series season, edging Aric Almirola by just 0.019 seconds at Michigan International Speedway.

Joey Logano beats Almirola for Michigan Cup pole
Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil
Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil
Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield / Meijer
Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield / Meijer

Logano's lap of 187.139mph was fastest of all after the single-car qualifying session, earning the Team Penske driver his 22nd career pole and fourth at Michigan.

"Such a huge advantage to be on the front row here at Michigan and how important it is to have a pole here in Ford's backyard and Roger's backyard to have a good run here," Logano told FS1. 

"Glad we can deliver so far at least in qualifying. Hopefully in the race this Shell Pennzoil Ford has as much speed and handling to be able to stay up there."

Ford locked out the front row with Stewart-Haas Racing's Aric Almirola timing in second at 187.047mph.

"I feel good about it," said Almirola. "Obviously we have a lot of speed. These Ford Mustangs are really fast.

Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-five.

Pocono race winner Kyle Busch qualified down in 15th, running an identical lap time to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr.

Prior to qualifying, Truex's No. 19 Toyota twice failed inspection. As a result, the team's lead engineer was ejected for the remainder of the weekend.

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Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 1 38.474     187.139
2 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 1 38.493 0.019 0.019 187.047
3 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 1 38.522 0.048 0.029 186.906
4 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 1 38.526 0.052 0.004 186.887
5 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 1 38.549 0.075 0.023 186.775
6 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 1 38.573 0.099 0.024 186.659
7 1 United States Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 1 38.590 0.116 0.017 186.577
8 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 1 38.605 0.131 0.015 186.504
9 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Ford 1 38.612 0.138 0.007 186.471
10 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 1 38.620 0.146 0.008 186.432
11 8 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 1 38.632 0.158 0.012 186.374
12 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 1 38.639 0.165 0.007 186.340
13 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 1 38.661 0.187 0.022 186.234
14 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 1 38.705 0.231 0.044 186.022
15 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 1 38.714 0.240 0.009 185.979
16 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 1 38.714 0.240 0.000 185.979
17 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 1 38.732 0.258 0.018 185.893
18 6 United States Ryan Newman  Ford 1 38.792 0.318 0.060 185.605
19 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 1 38.793 0.319 0.001 185.600
20 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 1 38.878 0.404 0.085 185.195
21 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 1 38.925 0.451 0.047 184.971
22 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 1 38.927 0.453 0.002 184.962
23 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 1 38.927 0.453 0.000 184.962
24 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 1 38.963 0.489 0.036 184.791
25 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 1 39.030 0.556 0.067 184.473
26 36 United States Matt Tifft  Ford 1 39.040 0.566 0.010 184.426
27 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 1 39.122 0.648 0.082 184.040
28 47 United States Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 1 39.191 0.717 0.069 183.716
29 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 1 39.271 0.797 0.080 183.341
30 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 1 39.274 0.800 0.003 183.327
31 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 1 39.296 0.822 0.022 183.225
32 32 United States Corey Lajoie  Ford 1 39.401 0.927 0.105 182.736
33 51 United States Kyle Weatherman  Chevrolet 1 39.801 1.327 0.400 180.900
34 52 United States Josh Bilicki  Ford 1 40.177 1.703 0.376 179.207
35 77 United States Quin Houff  Chevrolet 1 40.271 1.797 0.094 178.789
36 15 United States Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 1 40.435 1.961 0.164 178.064
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