Joey Logano won the pole at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Friday to set up a shot at his fourth consecutive win and a quick pass into NASCAR's championship race.
Logano turned a lap at 98.548 miles per hour to earn the top starting spot. He heads into Sunday's race coming off three consecutive wins — a sweep of the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Should Logano win Sunday, he'll be the first driver since Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to win four straight races.
Martin Truex Jr. qualified second and was thrilled with his starting spot.
"We didn't know going into qualifying we'd have that good of speed," Truex said. "Definitely a good start to the weekend for us."
AJ Allmendinger and Jamie McMurray, who are not in the Chase, qualified third and fourth.
Japanese superstar wins world title again
Japan's Kohei Uchimura breezed to his record sixth world gymnastics championship, putting together a series of nearly flawless routines in Glasgow, Scotland.
Uchimura posted a total of 92.332, more than 1.6 points better than Cuban teenager Manrique Larduet and Deng Shudi of China. The triumph came two days after Uchimura helped Japan to its first gold medal in the world championships in nearly 40 years.
Donnell Whittenburg was the top Amerian, finishing eighth.
AROUND THE HORN
Women's tennis: Garbine Muguruza reached the semifinals of the WTA Finals in Singapore by beating former champion Petra Kvitova 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, but Kvitova also advanced out of pool play. In the semifinals, Kvitova will play Maria Sharapova, and Muguruza will face Agnieszka Radwanska.
Men's tennis: Roger Federer overcame service problems to beat David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 and advance to the Swiss Indoors semifinals in Basel. Federer will play 29th-ranked Jack Sock of the United States in the semifinals on Saturday. Rafael Nadal also advanced and will play Richard Gasquet in the semifinals.
Golf: Justin Thomas shot a course-record 11-under 61 in oppressive tropical heat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to take a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic. His total is 15-under 129.
Figure skating: Three-time U.S. champ Ashley Wagner topped the women's short program at Skate Canada International in Lethbridge, Alberta, scoring 70.73 points. Japan's Yuka Nagai was second at 63.35, and teammate Kanako Murakami followed at 59.79.
Obituary: Luther "Ticky" Burden, an All-America basketball guard at Utah, died Thursday in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 62. Burden had ATTR amyloidosis, a disease that compromises the body's immune system. He averaged 28.7 points in 1974-75, when he made the first All-America team.