JOLIET, Ill. — Penske Racing swept the front row in qualifying for the first race of the Chase, with Joey Logano winning the pole hours after NASCAR placed his team on probation for allegedly cutting a deal with another organization to help him make the championship field.
Logano turned a lap at 189.414 mph around Chicagoland Speedway on Friday to bump teammate and defending NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski. Keselowski did not qualify for the Chase but Logano did make it in last Saturday night at Richmond.
Juan Pablo Montoya qualified third and was followed by Kasey Kahne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Jeff Gordon will start sixth on Sunday in the first race of the Chase and will be eligible for his fifth championship after NASCAR made him eligible earlier in the day.