Mark Martin - a five-time winner at Michigan - lines up with Brad Keselowski on the third row of the grid, while Watkins Glen winner Marcos Ambrose will start back in 16th position.
"I got loose getting up to speed coming to the green flag and I just spooked myself and pinched it off into three," said Ambrose. "I did the same thing here in the spring ... I am mad at myself. We had another half a tenth or so in the car."
Johnny Sauter (filling in for Robby Gordon), Erik Darnell and TJ Bell failed to qualify.
Full qualifying times and positions