Joey Logano captured the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a lap time of 176.056 mph in what will be his last showing for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Logano will give up his iconic number 20 Home Depot car to Matt Kenseth next week as he heads to Penske Racing, joining Brad Keselowski for one of the youngest lineups in the Chase series, reports Boston.com.
Tensions will also likely be high between Logano and Jeff Gordon, who famously lost his temper last week when he purposefully wrecked Clint Bowyer, taking Logano out in the process. The feud has continued throughout the week with Logano’s request for an apology unanswered.
Bowyer is also so upset with Gordon no that he won’t even talk about the very public feud. Despite his frustration with Gordon and the race being his last for Joe Gibbs, Logano stated that his only goal for Sunday’s race is to win. Yahoo! News notes that the driver of the number 20 stated:
“Goal number one is to win the race, no matter what. No matter where we go, no matter who else is on the race track, no matter what is going on, it’s all about winning. That stuff doesn’t matter. Obviously, those guys are racing for a championship and I don’t want to be the guy that gets in the middle of that, but I’m out there to win.”
Logano doesn’t have a shot at the championship this year, but his future teammate does. Keselowski has to finish 15th or better on Sunday to clinch the championship for the first time. He made a big step towards that goal on Friday when he qualified third. Johnson, a five-time Cup champion, is currently second in the championship.
Despite his future teammate trying to earn his first Cup title, Joey Logano told reporters he has no plans to help out — until next year, at least.