Logano on pole, Keselowski, Johnson close behind
"You know, I'm not one that calls right away. I like things to kind of settle down," Gordon said. "I'd really rather do face-to-face. But he called me and so I called him back, and I can't say it went exactly very well. I reached out to him again to try to get together with him here at the track, and I have not been able to speak with him."
Logano agreed the call did not go well.
"I reached out for an apology and I didn't get one, and I got hung up on," Logano said. "But he did text me, and I'm sure we'll meet up at some point. We're going to be able to go out and figure it out. We're big boys."
It's not clear where things stand with Bowyer, who didn't want to discuss the Phoenix incident on Friday. He spoke to reporters on Sunday after meeting with NASCAR officials, but wasn't in the mood to rehash it following his qualifying lap at Homestead.
"I don't want to talk about it. I really don't," he said as he walked from pit road to his team hauler.
Asked how long it would take for him to get past his anger, Bowyer said he didn't know, "It'll be a while." And when told he's not one to usually hold a grudge, he replied, "I'm usually not a guy that usually causes any trouble, either."
So there will lots of attention on the subplots Sunday as Keselowski and Johnson race for the title.
Johnson had a seven-point lead over Keselowski headed into Phoenix, but was off all weekend and a blown tire caused him to crash late in the race. Now he's starting behind Keselowski on Sunday, but he's not worried.
"I'll find a way to make it good for me if I can," Johnson said. "I'd love to have him right there by me when we start the race and put the pressure on him."
Instead, there will be seven cars between them.
Carl Edwards, last year's runner-up to Tony Stewart, qualified fourth in a Ford and was followed by Almirola — who gave RPM both of its cars in the top five.
Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. qualified sixth and seventh, Kyle Busch was eighth and Mark Martin was ninth to give Toyota five cars in the top nine and all three Michael Waltrip Racing entries in the top nine.
Johnson rounded out the top 10.
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