Joey Logano takes pole position for today’s Nationwide race at Dover

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This past May at Dover International Speedway, Joey Logano’s streak of four consecutive Nationwide Series wins there was snapped.

Today, he’ll try to start a new streak from the pole position.

Logano, driving the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang, will lead the field to the green flag later this afternoon after posting a 154.972 mph lap during qualifying.

He’ll be joined on the front row by Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott, who lost out on the pole by a mere .016 of a second following a 154.865 mph lap in the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

“We did a really good job yesterday on tuning this thing in for what we needed in the race and also getting some more speed out of it,” Logano told Fox Sports.

“I’m excited about that, because we didn’t unload as the greatest but were able to get back to that Dover feel I really like.”

Nationwide regular Ty Dillon qualified third for Richard Childress Racing and will start alongside Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson in Row 2. Kyle Busch, the one that ended Logano’s Nationwide reign at the Monster Mile in May, is set to go from fifth on the grid with Chris Buescher flanking him.

Brian Scott and Regan Smith will make up Row 4. Today’s Dover 200 will be a critical one for Smith as he seeks to hack into teammate Elliott’s 20-point lead in the Nationwide standings.

Row 5 features RCR part-timer Cale Conley and Elliott Sadler, while last week’s Nationwide winner at Kentucky, Brendan Gaughan, starts on the outside of Row 6 with Justin Boston.

Two drivers, Mike Harmon and Milka Duno, failed to make the field.

Today’s race is scheduled to see the green shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES AT DOVER – Starting Lineup

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Indy Lights: Kyle Kirkwood joins Andretti Autosport

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One of the Road to Indy’s most talented young drivers will climb another step up the development system ladder this season.

Kyle Kirkwood, the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 champion, has signed a contract to race for Andretti Autosport in the 2020 Indy Lights season. Kirkwood will drive the No. 28 car for the reigning championship team.

A native of Jupiter, Florida, 21-year-old Kirkwood has been incredibly successful in junior formulas over the last few years. He won the F4 US Championship 2017 and won both the F3 Americas and USF2000 titles in 2018.

Driving for RP Motorsport Racing, Kirkwood won 9 of 16 races in his maiden Indy Pro 2000 season last year, allowing him to win his fourth championship in three years and earn the Road to Indy scholarship.

“We are very excited about the addition of Kyle to our Indy Lights program,” Andretti Autosport CEO and Chairman Michael Andretti said. “We’ve followed Kyle’s career from when he started in 2018 with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and have been impressed with his success in every race that led to his Indy Pro 2000 Championship last year. As a championship-caliber team, Kyle displays the desire and talent that we look for in our drivers and are excited to see him hit the track for the 2020 Indy Lights season.”

Kirkwood previously drove for Andretti in a two-day test session at Sebring International Raceway in December. He will make his official debut for the team in the season-opening doubleheader at St. Petersburg on March 14-15.

“I am ecstatic that I can now say I am competing in Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport this season,” Kirkwood said. “They have established a winning program in Indy Lights and we plan on carrying that reputation throughout 2020.

“We are a fantastic match for each other and our Sebring test in December proved that.”

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