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Daytona 500 winner Logano on pole for Atlanta Sprint Cup race

 

 

Hampton, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Five days after his victory in the Daytona 500, Joey Logano continued his momentum by winning the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

While Logano went on to claim his ninth career pole in the series, 13 drivers, including former Cup champions Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart, did not get a chance to participate in qualifying due to issues in pre-qualifying inspection.

All 13 drivers had their cars initially fail inspection and then could not have another inspection process completed in time for qualifying.

Sprint Cup qualifying at this 1.54-mile racetrack was scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m. ET, but NASCAR officials delayed the start by 15 minutes in hopes of getting everybody through inspection.

Atlanta was the first qualifying session where the series used its new 2015 rules package for the cars. The Daytona 500, a restrictor-plate race, featured the rules package from last year.

Thirty-four cars were on the track during the first round of knockout qualifying. Other drivers who failed to post a qualifying time in the opening segment were: Regan Smith, driving the No. 41 car in place of the indefinitely suspended Kurt Busch, Jeb Burton, Cole Whitt, Alex Bowman, Landon Cassill, Mike Wallace, Reed Sorenson, Michael Annett and Matt DiBenedetto.

Gordon, who is in his final season of Sprint Cup competition, was furious with not being able to qualify. This is the first race with 3M as primary sponsor of his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

"This is absolutely embarrassing," Gordon said. "I just feel so bad for my guys (No. 24 team) and for 3M. To not even get a chance to go out on the racetrack

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