SONOMA, Calif. -- Carl Edwards will skip the Nationwide Series race at Road America to focus on the Sprint Cup event at Infineon Raceway.
The decision to skip today's race in Wisconsin was announced after Edwards qualified 23rd on Friday. He had been scheduled to fly to Road America and miss Saturday's two practice sessions in Sonoma.
Now Billy Johnson, who led Nationwide practice in Edwards' car, will race today. It will snap Edwards' streak of 210 consecutive starts -- the longest active streak in the Nationwide Series.
"I think Billy will do a great job," Edwards said. "In the end, this puts us in the best position with both teams to perform well, so I'm grateful to be able to make the change and I feel like we are doing the right thing."
Meanwhile, Joey Logano won the pole on the road course at Infineon Raceway.
Logano posted a lap of 93.256 mph in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to take the top qualifying spot for Sunday's race. It snapped Kurt Busch's streak of three consecutive poles.
New face on pole
NEWTON, Iowa -- Takuma Sato and Danica Patrick will form an unlikely duo on the front row for today's IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway (8 p.m., Versus).
Sato, a former Formula One driver, is chasing his first podium finish in the open-wheel series. Patrick, the series' biggest star, is looking for her first win on American soil.
Sato earned his first-ever pole in the IndyCar series Friday.