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New NASCAR Track Record Set At Pocono

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Blazing speed.  Everyone knew speeds would be faster and times would be quicker when the stars of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series took to the track at Pocono Raceway this weekend.  But just how fast was the question.

The repaving of Pocono Raceway was completed in April.  The new pavement is smooth with lots of grip, allowing drivers to go faster than ever. 

In practice on Friday, 40 drivers broke the old track record of 172.533 mph set by Kasey Kahne back in 2004.

So in qualifying today, it was no surprise to see most qualifying speeds break the track record.

Joey Logano, who was fastest in the Happy Hour final practice session on Friday – went out 18th in the qualifying order and turned a speed of 179.598 mph.  Logano does not have any top ten finishes at Pocono but it was his speed that was the mark to beat in qualifying on the new pavement.

When qualifying was all said and done, fast time of the day belonged to Logano – his speed breaking the old track record by over 7 mph.  Logano will start his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on the pole for tomorrow’s Pocono 400.  Alongside on the front row will be Carl Edwards in the Roush-Fenway Racing Ford.  Paul Menard will start third, with Logano’s teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin starting 4th and 5th.

David Reutimann, driving the No. 51 for James Finch as a substitute for suspended Kurt Busch – will start 25th.

Here is the complete race lineup.

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