Logano wins pole at Richmond, his third of the season

Joey Logano smiles as he talks to members of the media after winning the pole for Saturday's Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Joey Logano has won the pole position for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sptint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.

The Daytona 500 winner turned a fast lap at 127.071 mph in the third round on the 0.75-mile oval Friday night. He easily edged Denny Hamlin for the top spot.

Hamlin’s best lap in the final round came at 126.796 mph. The second row has Kurt Busch and A.J. Allmendinger.

The pole is the season-best third of the season for Logano in nine races. He will begin the 400-lap race 30 points behind Kevin Harvick for the series lead.

Logano says the top spot is “the most surprising pole” he’s ever won because he didn’t feel like his car was very good early in qualifying.