Logano pips Bayne for Nashville 300 pole

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  • Logano surprised to take Nashville pole
  • Bayne held the top spot until .. Logano
  • Toyota & Ford hold front row

Joey Logano didn't think much of his lap during pole qualifying on Saturday for the Nashville 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, but his lap of 30.396 seconds with an average speed of 157.876 mph was good enough for the pole.

"I didn't think it was that good of a lap," said Logano.

Autograph session: Joey Logano
Autograph session: Joey Logano

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Before Logano took his for his qualifying run on the Nashville Superspeedway, Trevor Bayne sat on the provisional pole after turning in a lap of 30.517 seconds and was atop the leader board while others tried to best his time. Bayne was eventually joined on the provisional front row by Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. whose qualifying best was a 30.582 seconds.

Despite posting the second-fastest lap, Bayne thought that maybe his car was capable of a little more. "I feel like I might have left just a little on the table," he said.

Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, was the only driver to best Bayne's lap time by the end of the qualifying session. Austin Dillon logged a lap of 30.535 seconds to claim the third starting spot and pushed Stenhouse Jr. back to fourth.

David Reutimann had the fastest car in the final practice session on Friday, but since he was in a new entry for Rusty Wallace Racing, he was put in line with the go-or-go-home cars at the end of the qualifying order. Being the fastest of those cars, Reutimann was the last driver out in the qualifying session, leaving Logano's possible pole up in the air until the end of qualifying.

Reutimann was unsuccessful in taking the spot, though. His lap time of 30.601 seconds was good for the fifth starting spot.

Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards posted identical lap times of 30.604 seconds to claim the sixth and seventh starting spots.

With only 43 cars attempting qualifying runs for the 43 starting spots, everyone who attempting qualifying run received spots on the starting grid for Saturday's Nashville 300.

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