Logano turned into a lap at 97.830 miles in Saturday qualifying to earn the very best starting spot. His pole-winning conduct came about 90 minutes later Team Penske teammate Will Power won the rod for its IndyCar race in Austin, Texas.

Aric Almirola qualified second for StewartHaas Racing, Penske driver Brad Keselowski was third and Kevin Harvick was fourth as Ford drivers shot the top four qualifying places.

Five-time Martinsville winner Denny Hamlin qualified fifth in a Toyota to get Sunday’s race around the Brief track. William Byron was sixth and the highest-qualifying Chevrolet driver.

Logano won in Martinsville last fall when he’d used his bumper to proceed Martin Truex Jr.. From the way in the last turn. The aggressive movement earned Logano a spot in NASCAR’s championship contest. He maintained his first Cup title three weeks after.