Joey Logano heard the rumors at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Carl Edwards, the biggest free agent in NASCAR, was being pursued to sign a lucrative deal with JGR. And if Edwards signed, he'd poach Logano's ride in the No. 20 Toyota and the coveted Home Depot sponsorship.
Logano couldn't do anything about the negotiations. All he could do was drive.
Edwards stayed with Roush Fenway Racing, and Logano appears secure in his car.
Pushed by the public contract talks, Logano responded with his best finishes of the season and kept rolling at Pocono Raceway, turning a lap of 172.055 mph Saturday to win his second pole of the year. The 21-year-old driver became the youngest pole winner at Pocono. It was his third career pole in Sprint Cup.
Kasey Kahne joins him on the front row for today's race (1 p.m., ESPN). Martin Truex Jr., Edwards and Kurt Busch round out the top five. Busch won the pole at Pocono in June.
Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart were the only drivers in the top 10 with poor qualifying efforts. Gordon, who won Pocono in June, starts 31st. Stewart starts 28th.
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Driver Justin Wilson broke a bone in his back when he crashed during qualifying at the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio on Saturday.
Wilson was taken to the hospital after he spun off the course and hit a bump between Turns 1 and 2. He was awake and alert when taken to MedCentral Mansfield.
Scott Dixon had the fastest qualifying time Saturday to take the pole for today's IndyCar race at the road course (2 p.m., Versus).
Stenhouse gets a boost
NEWTON, Iowa -- Carl Edwards pushed Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to victory in Saturday night's NASCAR Nationwide race in a wild finish at Iowa Speedway.
Stenhouse appeared set to cruise to his second win at Iowa this year when his No. 6 car blew an engine coming out of the final turn. With billowing smoke obscuring Edwards' view, he slammed into the back end of Stenhouse and shoved him across the finish line.