BROOKLYN, Mich. — Joey Logano won the pole at Michigan International Speedway – and lately at this track, that’s been a pretty good indicator of things to come.

It’s Logano’s third pole in 16 Cup races at MIS, and the previous two times he won the pole, he also went on to win the race. That includes his victory at Michigan in June.

In fact, three of the last four race winners at Michigan also took the pole – Logano this year, Matt Kenseth last August and Jeff Gordon in August 2014.

“Obviously starting up front here is an advantage for sure when you talk about track position and safety on restarts, being how crazy it is with the low-downforce package on restarts,” Logano said. “Having the first pit stall is probably the most important of all that.”

Logano won Friday with a lap of 201.698 mph in his No. 22 Ford. Jimmie Johnson was second in qualifying for Sunday’s race, followed by Denny Hamlin.

Logano has won 17 poles in his Cup career and three in 2016.

Johnson won twice early this season but has only two top-10 finishes in his last 10 races, so his strong showing in qualifying was encouraging.

“All signs are pointing toward progress being made and I’m very excited about that. I just want to thank everybody at Hendrick Motorsports for their long hours and all the time they’re putting in to get a little better in all areas,” Johnson said. “It’s not just one thing. We have to look at everything globally and everybody in all departments is finding a way to bring a little bit more, and it’s showing up. I think all four Hendrick cars showed a lot of speed today.”

FORMULA ONE: Max Verstappen posted the fastest time in the second practice for the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, while another engine penalty ensured Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s race from the back row.

Hamilton took a 15-place grid penalty in the morning session for having changed too many engine parts, and took another 15-place hit following another component change for the afternoon.

Given the inevitable situation, Mercedes could take the opportunity to make further changes on his engine ahead of qualifying.

Hamilton won’t be the only illustrious name at the back of the class, with two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso handed a 35-place grid penalty for multiple component changes following a water leak in first practice.

Who starts last will be decided by Saturday’s qualifying.

Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg were slower during the afternoon session because they ran on harder medium tires, getting an indication of their durability should they be the main tire on Sunday, which would be so if the scorching weather continues.

The Spa track, nestled in the Ardennes forest, is ordinarily known for its cool climate.

Not this year.

Temperatures hit 95 degrees in the afternoon, having already reached 77 for the first practice at 10 a.m.

The afternoon sun seemed to get to the 18-year-old Verstappen, who was unhappy with Finnish veteran Kimi Raikkonen – twice his age.