Logano on pole for NASCAR Daytona after lightning stops qualifying

Penske’s Joey Logano will start the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona from pole position after persistent lightning led to the cancellation of qualifying.

The weather conditions at the track on Friday afternoon prevented NASCAR from completing the pre-qualifying inspection and forced the cancellation of qualifying.

The field for Saturday night’s race has been set by the ruling that the field is set by order of owner points, meaning Logano’s #22 Penske car will start from pole.

Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) will start second and Logano’s team-mate, Brad Keselowski. will line up third. Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick starts fourth and Busch’s team-mate Martin Truex Jr is fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 positions is Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman and Ryan Blaney.

Logano starts from pole for the second time this season after taking his first at Michigan on the way to victory there.

The Penske driver has performed well in the two superspeedway races this year, finishing fourth in the Daytona 500 and fourth at Talladega.

“We’re going to see a different race at Daytona than we saw in February,” said Logano’s crew chief, Todd Gordon.

“Obviously, the rules package is different and similar to Talladega, you are going to see guys with really big runs coming and you’ll see moves have to be made.

“I think blocking runs is going to be extremely difficult this weekend, and I think you will see cars coming and going through the pack just based on which line is moving at the time.

“I felt good about what we had at Talladega and I think we will be in a good spot for Saturday night.”

Starting grid

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
3 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
5 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
6 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
7 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
9 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
11 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
12 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
13 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
14 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
15 Daniel Suarez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
16 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
17 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
18 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
20 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
21 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
22 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
23 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
24 Daniel Hemric Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
25 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota
26 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
27 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
28 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
29 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
30 Corey LaJoie Go FAS Racing Ford
31 Matt Tifft Front Row Motorsports Ford
32 Quin Houff Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
33 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
34 J.J. Haley Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
35 B.J. McLeod Petty Ware Racing Ford
36 Parker Kligerman Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
37 J.J. Yeley Rick Ware Racing Ford
38 Ross Chastain Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
39 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet
40 Joey Gase Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

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