Logano wins Martinsville pole; Elliott to start 27th
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Joey Logano won the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, and Chase Elliott earned the right to make his debut in the series by qualifying 27th.
Logano turned a fast lap at 98.461 mph in the third round of qualifying, edging Ryan Newman (98.328), to win the 10th pole of his career and the second this season. It's his first at Martinsville. Martin Truex Jr. (98.018), Jeff Gordon (97.613) and Jimmie Johnson (97.583) complete the top five.
Gordon and Johnson have each won eight times on the oldest, shortest oval in NASCAR's top series.
Elliott will replace the retiring Gordon at Hendrick Motorsports in 2016. Sunday's race will be the first of five in the series he hopes to run this season.