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Logano makes history as youngest pole winner

Joey Logano becomes the youngest ever NASCAR Sprint Cup pole winner at Bristol
Streaking around 0.533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway in 15.396 seconds (124.630 mph) Friday, Joey Logano won the first pole of his NASCAR Sprint Cup, becoming the youngest driver to win a top qualifying spot in NASCAR's top series — by one day.

Technically, Logano won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award since he's under the legal drinking age. Drivers who are 21 and older win the Coors Light Pole Award.

Logano edged Kurt Busch (123.857 mph) for the top starting spot. Dave Blaney (123.849 mph) qualified third, followed by four-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson (123.818 mph) and Jeff Gordon (123.698 mph).

Logano won his first pole at 19 years, nine months, 23 days — one day quicker than Kyle Busch, who qualified first at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 26th 2005. To his surprise, Logano accomplished the feat at a track that has given him fits in both his Cup starts.

"It's definitely really cool to get your first pole, but I never thought it would come here," said Logano, who finished 38th and 34th at Bristol last year. "I've always been fast here, and I've always had good racecars. I've been coming here since '06 in a Pro Cup car.

"I've always been fast, but I've always been caught up in a wreck or knocked the fender in and blew a tyre or stubbed the nose and blew a motor. I walked into this racetrack today, and I said, 'I want an uneventful race."

Busch said new crew chief Steve Addington, who guided his brother Kyle to two victories at Bristol last season, made some last-minute changes that produced a surprising qualifying effort.

"We have our setups, and Steve Addington has his setups, and we're realizing that there's two ways to skin this cat," Busch said. "So we're trying to balance the best ideas from what we're used to in the past at Penske Racing and what Steve Addington's used to.

"We're surprised today by the lap that we ran. Second overall — it was Steve throwing a couple of things at the car last-minute that he was comfortable with, and they worked out."




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Joey Logano celebrates winning Friday`s 21 Means 21 Pole Award at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Tom Whitmore/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and his team celebrate in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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