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Joey Logano wins Cup Series pole at Charlotte Roval

Joey Logano will lead the field to start the final NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 12 race at the Charlotte Roval.

CONCORD, N.C. -- Joey Logano won the pole position Saturday for Sunday’s Charlotte Roval race, the final event in the playoffs’ Round of 12.

Logano turned a lap at 103.424 mph on the Roval and will start first in Sunday’s 109-lap race (2 p.m. ET, NBC).

Following in the top five were William Byron, Daniel Suarez, Tyler Reddick and Austin Cindric.

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The race will determine the eight drivers who will advance to the Round of 8. Chase Elliott, the winner last week at Talladega Superspeedway, is locked into the next round.

Sunday’s race will be run against the backdrop of continuing driver frustration about safety issues with the Next Gun car. Officials met with drivers Saturday morning to hear more about their concerns.

Conor Daly, starting last, will be making his Cup debut. He lost control and hit the wall in practice.