Joey Logano led Team Penske in qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 on Thursday evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway, earning the second-place starting position.

HOW DOES SECOND SET YOU UP FOR WINNING? “It helps. I came in here earlier talking about how important qualifying was and at the time we just got done with practice and we were around 20th on the speed chart and I was thinking, ‘Qualifying is important and we’re not very fast,’ but we made some good adjustments. The track also changed a lot. It’s hard for me to say what was the changes and what was the race track. The XFINITY cars ran on that PJ1 a lot and definitely activated it and got the grip definitely up there, so it’s hard for me to say what was what, but, overall, the car got faster and that’s all I really care about. We were able to get a good starting spot. It’s not the pole. We were a solid tenth off, but we improved every round in getting our car faster. I think it’s the best we’ve qualified all year, so that’s a good sign for us. Hopefully, when we come back here on Saturday we’re able to adjust on our car a little bit and get it to where we can be good on the bottom, be good on the top and as the track changes like we just saw hopefully we’re good on both of those and that’s what we’ll work on and hopefully at the end of the day we’re winning the Coca-Cola 600.”

Coverage: Live coverage the final practice sessions for the Coca-Cola 600 will begin 9:00 a.m. ET Saturday morning on FS1.