DARLINGTON, S.C. — Joey Logano, second-seeded in the race for the NASCAR Cup championship, opened the first playoff weekend in style Saturday at Darlington Raceway by winning the pole for Sunday’s Southern 500.
Logano turned a lap at 168.521 mph, edging Christopher Bell (168.469) for Sunday’s first starting position. Logano also took the pole for Darlington’s spring race, which he won.
“It’s nice to get that,” Logano said. “But it’s just a start. Five hundred miles to go.”
Chase Elliott, top speed starting the playoffs, will start 23rd Sunday.
Trackhouse Racing driver Daniel Suarez missed qualifying after his car failed inspection three times. He will start the race at the rear of the field.
The race, scheduled at 6 p.m. ET Sunday, will be televised by USA Network.
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