Joey Logano is sitting pretty to start the race in Pocono tomorrow for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500.Ã‚Â Taking the lead mid way through the knock out qualifying round, Logano’s time ofÃ‚Â Ã‚Â 52.309 seconds at a speed of 172.055 mph was good enough to hold off the rest of the 20 qualifiers who ran after he did.Ã‚Â This is Joey’s second pole of the season and the third of his career in Sprint Cup, all of that time with Joe Gibbs Racing.Ã‚Â With all the speculation this week around where Carl Edwards was going, I’m sure that Joey is glad to know he is secure now at JGR in the #20 car as Edwards re-signed with Roush, ending speculation that he would be leaving in favor of an offer from JGR and Toyota to run the #20 car in the 2012 season.
Kasey Kahne will once again start from the second spot on the grid in his #4 Red Bull Toyota followed by Martin Truex Jr. in the #56 Michael Waltrip Racing NAPA car lining Toyota up for a 1,2,3 start for tomorrow’s race.Ã‚Â Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch round out the rest of the top 5.
Speculation around Carl Edwards finally ended this week with the announcement that Carl will be staying with Roush Racing in the #99 Ford for the foreseeable future.
“I sincerely appreciate the amazing opportunity that Jack Roush has given me in this sport and am honored to race for him,” Edwards said. “As an organization, Roush Fenway provides the resources I need to win, and as a driver, that’s the most important thing. We’re having a fun season on the race track as we’re leading the points and in great position for the Chase. That’s the result of a lot of hard work from the men and women at Roush Fenway, Ford Motor Company and Roush Yates Engines. I really enjoy competing with this group and looking forward to continuing that relationship into the future.”
Jack Roush, owner of Roush Racing,Ã‚Â was equally excited in his announcement about Edwards remaining with his racing team.
“Carl Edwards has achieved a level of success on and off track that would put him at the top of the list for any race team,” said Roush. “Carl and the No. 99 team are having a terrific season again this year, and we’re thrilled that our relationship will continue for many more.”
“We saw great potential in Carl a decade ago, and it’s been a thrill to watch him grow into one of the sports’ premier drivers behind the wheel of the No. 99,” added Roush. “We didn’t take our past success for granted when we sat down with Carl to talk about his future. As an organization, we approach each week with an intense focus on being successful in the race to come. Carl’s position atop the points is a testament to that diligence.”
The other drama in the garage this weekend was all about Brad Kesolowski and his crash during testing atÃ‚Â Road Atlanta.Ã‚Â He was awake and alert and tweeting away shortly after the crash and had this to say in one of his tweets.
“Looks like I’ll be OK to race this weekend,” he tweeted. “Blue deuce, not so much. I’ll keep u posted.”
In a short meeting with the media Brad was able to expand on how he is feeling and what challenges he will face during the race at Pocono.
“Both feet are tore up pretty good,” Keselowski said. “But certainly I’m still able to do what I want to do. I’m not gonna get out (of the car) on Sunday — I don’t care how much it hurts me.”
“(The brace) makes my foot move as one with my leg, which makes it a lot easier,” Keselowski said. “But then again you can’t really use the ball of your foot to modulate the brake pedal, and getting through Turns 2 and 3 here really requires a lot of finesse with the brake pedal, so (the brace)Ã‚Â makes it a little more complicated.”
“You come to Pocono and Turn 1 is pretty fast,” Keselowski said. “I ran over something and cut down a left rear tire. Glad to bring the Blue Deuce, at least in one piece on the race track. Other than the tires, we’ve got no damage.”
“Drivers have been calling about getting into my car,” Keselowski said. “But I’m not getting out. This is our life. This is what I do. I drive race cars for a living. And the second someone else gets in there, you just got replaced.
“And you fight so hard to find your seat, your spot and your way in this sport, that you’re not going to let somebody else replace you.”
Brad Kesolowski sits 21st in points right now, only 12 points behind Juan Pablo Montoya, and is close enough to make a wild card spot in the chase if he can get himself back into the top 20.
Dale Earnhardt Jr qualified 19th behind Teammate Jimmie Johnson who sits in 18th.Ã‚Â Tony Stewart had a terrible qualifying run landing himself in 28th on the grid, 3 positions ahead of Jeff Gordon, the winner from the spring race this year at Pocono,Ã‚Â who also had a bad run landing himself in 31st.