Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski gave Penske a front-row sweep for Sunday’s Chicagoland NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
Just hours after being in the thick of the latest fallout from last weekend’s controversial Richmond event, Logano got back to business on track with a qualifying lap 0.025 second faster than his outgoing champion teammate.
Juan Pablo Montoya came closest to spoiling Penske’s day right at the end of qualifying, but had to settle for third in his Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet.
Kasey Kahne was second-best among the Chase contenders in fourth, followed by early provisional polesitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Kahne’s Hendrick teammate Jeff Gordon is now also in the Chase following Friday’s shock twists in the Richmond saga, and he will start sixth. Chase participants Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth complete the top 10.
Clint Bowyer was slowest of the title contenders in 24th.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Joey Logano Penske Ford 28.509s 2. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford 28.534s +0.025s 3. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 28.562s +0.053s 4. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 28.604s +0.095s 5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford 28.606s +0.097s 6. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 28.641s +0.132s 7. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford 28.645s +0.136s 8. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford 28.669s +0.160s 9. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 28.677s +0.168s10. Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Ford 28.678s +0.169s11. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet 28.678s +0.169s12. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota 28.679s +0.170s13. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Toyota 28.681s +0.172s14. Martin Truex Jr Waltrip Toyota 28.684s +0.175s15. Aric Almirola Petty Ford 28.704s +0.195s16. Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevrolet 28.712s +0.203s17. Kevin Harvick Childress Chevrolet 28.730s +0.221s18. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet 28.742s +0.233s19. David Ragan Front Row Ford 28.798s +0.289s20. Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.845s +0.336s21. Jeff Burton Childress Chevrolet 28.892s +0.383s22. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 28.906s +0.397s23. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.912s +0.403s24. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 28.915s +0.406s25. Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota 28.963s +0.454s26. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford 29.019s +0.510s27. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 29.051s +0.542s28. Cole Whitt Swan Toyota 29.067s +0.558s29. Mark Martin Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 29.069s +0.560s30. JJ Yeley Baldwin Chevrolet 29.124s +0.615s31. Casey Mears Germain Ford 29.277s +0.768s32. Landon Cassill Hillman Chevrolet 29.283s +0.774s33. David Reutimann BK Toyota 29.288s +0.779s34. Josh Wise Front Row Ford 29.293s +0.784s35. David Gilliland Front Row Ford 29.331s +0.822s36. Justin Allgaier Phoenix Chevrolet 29.335s +0.826s37. Travis Kvapil BK Toyota 29.380s +0.871s38. Michael McDowell Parsons Ford 29.455s +0.946s39. Timmy Hill FAS Lane Ford 29.458s +0.949s40. Reed Sorenson Leavine Ford 29.657s +1.148s41. Dave Blaney Baldwin Chevrolet 29.682s +1.173s42. Joe Nemechek NEMCO Toyota 29.875s +1.366s43. Tony Raines Circle Sport Chevrolet 30.213s +1.704s