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Joey Logano on pole for first time since 2019

Photo by Kyle Stephens/TRE

Joey Logano’s pole-winning speed Saturday (Sept. 3) earned the Team Penske driver his first NASCAR Cup Series pole in over three years.

The pole was Logano’s 23rd of his career, and first since Michigan in June of 2019, a race that saw him lead the most laps and win.

Additionally, Logano will have the first pit stall for the 500-mile race.

“You can let the pit stall do the work and feel really good about that,” Logano said. “It’s nice to be able to get that, but it’s just a start.  

“We still have a full 500 miles to go, but, like I said, that first pit stall will pay a dividend throughout the whole race.”

The pole propelled Logano to a tie with Ken Schrader and Jack Smith at 33rd all-time on the series’ poles list. 

The Top-7 qualifiers are made up of playoff drivers, including Christopher Bell, William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric and Kyle Larson.

The Cook Out Southern 500 will be televised live on USA Network tonight at 6 p.m. ET.

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