Official partners team up to create NASCAR-themed retail program RELATED: NASCAR Salutes page Shoppers at the Fort Bragg Commissary South were welcomed by a special guest on Tuesday, and an opportunity to win tickets to the Coca-Cola 600 . Joey Logano , driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion and member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family, visited the commissary at Fort Bragg to meet-and-greet shoppers and give away eight tickets to this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The appearance was part of a collaboration between NASCAR, Coca-Cola, Mars Chocolate North America and 3M with DeCA (Defense Commissary Agency) to create a NASCAR-themed retail program at over 180 military commissaries across the country, as well as NASCAR: An American Salute. As part of this retail program, commissary shoppers can also enter the 2015 Champions Week Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2015 NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas by visiting www.ChampionsWeek2015.com or by texting "NASCARSALUTE" to 313131. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Despite troubles, Team Penske driver scores fifth-place finish KANSAS CITY, Kan. – If Joey Logano hopes to contend for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, the Team Penske driver and his No. 22 team will have to avoid the kind of mistakes that took them out of contention during Saturday night's rain-delayed SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway . Logano passed more cars than any other driver at Kansas, 147 according to NASCAR loop data, and came home with a not-so-terrible fifth-place finish, his sixth top-five result in this year's first 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. But missteps by the driver and team continually put the yellow Ford at the back of the field, requiring Logano to work his way through rush-hour-like traffic on at least two occasions. "We inverted the field on ourselves," Logano said sheepishly. "We got most cars passed and it was fun, but … man, we did a terrible job. That's pretty much what it comes down to." The Daytona 500 winner joins the rest of the series this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway , site of Saturday night's Sprint All-Star race (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, Sirius XM). A week later, Charlotte plays host to the Coca-Cola 600 (May 24, 6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM), the series' longest affair. He has finished as high as second in the non-points race and his average finish in points races there is better than any other facility. But he has yet to win at the 1.5-mile track. And unless they avoid problems such as those that surfaced at Kansas, he'll remain winless at Charlotte. Although he started on the pole for the fourth time this season last weekend, and led the first 29 laps of the 267-lap race, a penalty during pit stops on Lap 95 (his crew was over the wall too soon) dropped him to the tail end of the field. After working his way from 32nd back inside the top 10, Logano was flagged again on Lap 186 when he came down pit road before it was open under caution. That miscue sent him back to the rear once more, this time just outside the top 15. "I typically hear it on my radio, whether (pit road) is open or closed," he said of the mistake. "I heard the call to pit but I never looked (at the pit entrance lights). I saw no one else was pitting and thought 'we're going to get off strategy here. I'm the only guy (pitting).'" Fortunately for the team, Logano's car had speed. He was back inside the top 10 once again by Lap 220 and fifth by the time the checkered flag finally appeared. "We got a top five out of it because we had a fast car and we were able to recover," he said. "But just on all aspects we all just did a terrible job; We know how to do it, we've done it before, we execute really well; we just kept screwing up." Logano made it to the Championship Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup a year ago, winning a career-best five times in his second season with the Penske organization. Based on his team's showing thus far this year, he's once again considered one of the favorites to battle for the title. As long as he and the team avoid putting themselves in the type of precarious positions they found themselves in last weekend. "We had a fast race car and that’s what saved us," Logano said. "But our execution was not very good. We've got to raise our game a little bit. We've got to clean it up." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Joey Logano talks about how intense the final laps of today's Winn-Dixie 300 were in the final moments.
Joey Logano talks about his team's struggles on pit road, as they had a penalty for too many men over the wall, and also for going down pit road while it was closed. Logano did manage to save a top-5 finish.
Joey Logano holds off several hard charges in the final lap to win his third NASCAR XFINITY race of 2015 in the Winn-Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Joey Logano talks about the intensity of the final laps and how he held on to get the win in the Winn-Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Nick Duncan recaps the Winn-Dixie 300 as Joey Logano avoids several big wrecks and holds off a late race challenger to win his third NXS race of 2015.
Team Penske takes two of top three spots in the starting grid SHOP: Logano gear " RELATED: See all 43 cars at Kansas " Full starting lineup KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Joey Logano strengthened his standing as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' 2015 Qualifying Meister on Friday night as he won the Coors Light Pole Award for Saturday night's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). The pole was the fourth in 11 attempts this year for the Team Penske driver and his second in the last three weeks. "Definitely cool to get another pole," Logano said. Logano , who had never won more than two poles in a season in his previous six full seasons in Cup, was asked about his sudden ability to dominate in qualifying. "Last year it took us pretty much the whole year to get one pole," he said. "We won a lot of first and second sessions but we'd fall on our face in the third session. So it's pretty special to be able to figure out these third sessions and still have a lot of speed in our car when we get to those rounds. You don't get anything for winning the first and second rounds is what I figured out last year." Logano nailed the pole with a lap at 192.397 mph and in 28.067 seconds in his Team Penske Ford. It was a lap that knocked teammate Brad Keselowski (who posted a lap at 191.857 mph/28.146 seconds) off the pole and it was a lap that kept Kasey Kahne (191.911 mph/28.138 seconds) of Hendrick Motorsports from knocking Logano off late in the third and final round of knockout qualifying. Keselowski will start P3 on Saturday. Next to him in the second row will be Martin Truex Jr . in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet. There were several surprises in Friday's qualifying session. Perhaps the biggest of those was the performance of Erik Jones . The 18-year-old Jones, who is occupying the seat of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota because of the injury to regular driver Kyle Busch , was making his first qualifying run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Jones responded by advancing to the final round and then putting down a lap that was sixth fastest. "I thought it was pretty good," Jones, who earlier in the day posted the fastest lap in the final Cup practice of the day, said. "It was nice to make the final round, it was good for us. Our teammates are pretty fast this weekend and I’ve been leaning on them." Another interesting surprise was Greg Biffle . Biffle, driving the No. 16 Ford, became the first Roush Fenway Racing driver to advance to a final round of knockout qualifying. His lap at 191.015 mph was the seventh fastest of the final round. "We just got a little better speed in our car and this race track has been pretty good for us," Biffle, a former winner at Kansas, said. "We barely made the first round and barely made the second and then I just drove it – over drove it. I just said I was going to go for it. I didn't care what happened. I was 11th so I kind of had nothing to lose and that is a hell of an improvement and a great accomplishment. The fact is though that we have to find that speed for the race now and we are celebrating a seventh and three years ago we would be mad right now. I am excited we are seventh and not 27th but at the same time we will keep our head down and keep improving on it." Carl Edwards , who during a press conference earlier on Friday beat himself up pretty badly for getting off to a slow start in his first year with Joe Gibbs Racing , advanced to the final round of qualifying and will start fifth. "We've really tried to focus all of our efforts," Edwards said after qualifying. "We've had bad luck and some problems and it's time to really get going here. Everybody has really stepped up and our Stanley Toyota is great. If we can just have a good, solid race tomorrow and perform the way we know we can, then it's going to be great. And Erik Jones has helped a ton today too so everybody is coming together and hopefully it yields a good result." Edwards led the first round of qualifying as he went out early in the 20-minute session, posted a lap at 192.342 mph. Second fastest was Logano of with a lap at 191.904 mph. In the second, 24-driver round, Truex Jr. went out to take his lap with just over five minutes left in the 10-minute round and responded with a session-best lap at 191.986 mph. It was a lap that kept Edwards from topping both sessions. Failing to make the third round were such notables as six-time champion Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports , teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr ., and former series champions Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth . The only driver to miss the race was Brendan Gaughan , who was driving the No. 62 of Premium Motorsports.
Joey Logano celebrates in Victory Lane saying this was one of the most intense races he's ever been apart of.
Joey Logano will also start from the front row in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 RELATED: Full starting lineup " See all 43 cars CONCORD, N.C. – After powering to his second pole of the season on Thursday night, Matt Kenseth will start NASCAR's longest race from the most advantageous position—with his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota getting serviced in the most advantageous pit stall. Kenseth ran his fastest lap of the night (194.252 mph) in the third and final round of knockout qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway and secured the top spot on the grid for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM), the 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season. The Coors Light Pole Award was Kenseth's first at Charlotte and the 15th of his career. Kenseth, who covered the 1.5-mile distance in 27.799 seconds, was a whopping .204 seconds faster than Joey Logano (192.836 mph), whose No. 22 Team Penske Ford will start beside Kenseth's Camry on the front row. "I think starting up front is important at this track," Kenseth said. "It typically goes through a lot of changes here, especially if the sun is out for the beginning of the race. You want to have good track position, good pit selection—all those things—so if you get a little bit off and you're chasing the setup, or the track changes, you have a little bit of a buffer being toward the front, hopefully... "All the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas had some speed tonight, and that was encouraging." SHOP: Kenseth gear Carl Edwards (192.733 mph) was third in his No. 19 JGR Toyota, followed by Greg Biffle in his No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford (192.226 mph) and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner Denny Hamlin in his No. 11 JGR Toyota (192.007 mph). Surprisingly, in consecutive seasons that have seen domination of the intermediate speedways by the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet of reigning series champion Kevin Harvick and the No. 48 Chevy of six-time champ Jimmie Johnson , Toyotas and Fords claimed the top seven qualifying positions for the 600. To Logano , however, the absence of a Chevrolet from the top five spots on the grid for the first time this season isn't hugely significant. "Those guys have been fast in the race—that's where their speed really shines," Logano said. "They qualify good--don't get me wrong—but in the race they shine a little bit more. You're talking about the 4, the 41 ( Kurt Busch ) and the 48. Those are the ones that stand out. "And I'm sure they'll be fast when it comes to race time. Qualifying's a different animal. You use a completely different setup, and qualifying can kind of mask over some issues you have in race trim a lot of times. ... I wouldn't (read) too much into it." Notes: All four Hendrick Motorsports entries failed to advance to the final round of knockout qualifying, but Kasey Kahne had a valid excuse. A cut tire prevented him from posting a quick qualifying laps. As a result, the three-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600 will start 33rd on Sunday ... Jeb Burton , Mike Bliss , Travis Kvapil , Jeff Green and Brendan Gaughan failed to make the 43-car field. The 48-car turnout for qualifying was the largest since 49 entries showed up for the season-opening Daytona 500 .