Printed on: November 17, 2012
Logano on pole, leaders in top 10
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Joey Logano wants an apology from Jeff Gordon, and Clint Bowyer is so angry with Gordon, he won't even discuss the public feud.
Meanwhile, on NASCAR's undercard, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson are racing for the Sprint Cup championship.
The season finale is shaping up to be a knockdown, drag-out, heavyweight fight, and it might not have anything to do with the title bout. Keselowski goes into Sunday's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 20-point lead over the five-time champion, and needs only to finish 15th or better to win his first Cup title.
He took a big step Friday by qualifying third in his Penske Racing Dodge. Johnson was 10th.
"I totally expected him to out-qualify us, to be quite honest," Keselowski said. "I was going to be fine with that. At least we were prepared for the worst and that's not what happened, so I guess we're OK."
The pole went to Logano, who is driving his final race for Joe Gibbs Racing. He turned a lap of 176.056 mph in the No. 20 Toyota he's driven for the past four years, beating Marcos Ambrose, who turned a lap of 175.342.
Logano turns his car over next week to Matt Kenseth, and Logano moves to Penske Racing, where he'll be a teammate to Keselowski on one of the youngest lineups in the Cup garage. But Sunday, he'll be trying to close his Joe Gibbs Racing tenure with a win and won't be trying to help his future teammate.
So there will lots of attention on the subplots Sunday as Keselowski and Johnson race for the title.
Johnson had a seven-point lead over Keselowski headed into Phoenix, but was off all weekend and a blown tire caused him to crash late in the race. Now he's starting behind Keselowski on Sunday, but he's not worried.
"I'll find a way to make it good for me if I can," Johnson said. "I'd love to have him right there by me when we start the race and put the pressure on him."
Instead, there will be seven cars between them.