Joey Logano will lead the field to the green in Sunday’s Pocono 400. Logano, driving the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota scorched the track record with a lap time of 50.112 (179.598 mph), beating Kasey Kahne’s previous Pocono qualifying record of 172.533 mph. It was the fourth pole of Logano’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. The Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR at Pocono Raceway (Long Pond, PA; 2.5-mile tri-oval) is set for Sunday, June 10th at 12pm ET. The race will be broadcast on TNT (TV) and MRN (radio).

How does it feel to get the pole?

“We had a great car. Jason’s (Ratcliff, crew chief) done a great job with this thing — all week being here. It’s cool to get a pole here — get a new track record here too. So, that’s really neat. Hopefully, it holds up for a while. Man, I felt like I left a little bit out there too. I’m excited to start this thing and hopefully bring home a big ‘W.”’

What was the ‘issue’ with the track during qualifying?

“The track was really dirty and you saw the first few cars go out in turn one and one of the ARCA cars must have blown up in the practice. They just couldn’t get the track clean enough. I went down into (turn) one and barreled in there and got loose and went up the race track, so I feel like I left a couple tenths (of a second) out there. We purposely wanted to go out pretty early, because it was just going to keep getting hotter throughout the day, but it’s so overcast I don’t think with the rain and wind it kind of didn’t go as planned. Either way, we have a really fast car that is capable of winning this thing — just got to be smart with it.”

Are you surprised how fast you were on a dirty track?

“Yeah. It’s also a lot cooler out — so you expect to be a little bit faster and I think it would have been even faster if it wouldn’t have been for that stuff.”