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Logano Leads Penske Charge in Daytona 500 Qualifying

February 17, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Autostock



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 17, 2013) - Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, qualified ninth for the Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, leading the Penske Racing contingent. Logano's teammate, and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Brad Keselowski qualified 23rd.

• Logano led the charge for Penske Racing in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford. The 22-year-old driver put down a lap of 45.973 seconds (195.767 mph) to lock down the ninth position.
• Logano's lap time was the exact same, down to the thousandths of a second, as the No. 18 of Kyle Busch.
• Keselowski, in the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford, ran a lap of 46.163 seconds (194.961 mph) putting him in the 23rd position.
• The unique qualifying format of the Daytona 500 will see both the Logano and Keselowski run in the same 125-mile Duel race on Thursday afternoon. Logano will start fifth and Keselowski will start 12th in the first Duel race on Thursday.

"Well, we were the second -fastest Ford, so that is a good thing. I wish we were a little faster than that though. It was really good in practice yesterday and we tuned it in the best we could and we brought some more speed for sure today to qualifying. This field just feels like it is really close compared to normal. It's like two or three one-hundredths would move us up four or five spots. That means we are close, we just need a little more speed. Overall our guys put in a good effort and we will tune her up and get her practicing before the Duels and try to get a good starting spot." - Joey Logano on his qualifying run.

QUALIFYING RESULTS
1. Danica Patrick, 196.434
2. Jeff Gordon, 196.292
3. Trevor Bayne, 195.976
4. Ryan Newman, 195.946
5. Tony Stewart, 195.925
6. Kasey Kahne, 195.852
7. Denny Hamlin, 195.771
8. Kyle Busch, 195.767
9. Joey Logano, 195.767
10. Matt Kenseth, 195.725
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 195.584
12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 195.538
13. Juan Pablo Montoya, 195.508
14. Paul Menard, 195.503
15. Casey Mears, 195.495
16. Austin Dillon, 195.385
17. Carl Edwards, 195.240
18. Clint Bowyer, 195.228
19. Martin Truex Jr., 195.207
20. Jeff Burton, 195.156
21. Jimmie Johnson, 195.084
22. Jamie McMurray, 195.042
23. Brad Keselowski, 194.961
24. Marcos Ambrose, 194.793
25. Kevin Harvick, 194.742
26. Aric Almirola, 194.742
27. Greg Biffle, 194.729
28. Mark Martin, 194.683
29. David Gilliland, 194.654
30. David Ragan, 194.616
31. Michael Waltrip, 194.313
32. Josh Wise, 194.254
33. Kurt Busch, 193.657
34. Michael McDowell, 193.544
35. Scott Speed, 193.540
36. Terry Labonte, 193.515
37. Regan Smith, 193.006
38. Dave Blaney, 192.996
39. Bobby Labonte, 192.563
40. J.J. Yeley, 192.094
41. David Reutimann, 190.339
42. Travis Kvapil, 190.142
43. Joe Nemechek, 190.046
44. Mike Bliss, 186.974
45. Brian Keselowski, 183.876