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Cup - Michigan - Qualifying

Kurt Busch continued his amazing renaissance in form for Penske by claiming a third consecutive pole position of the season at Michigan International Speedway.
Was it only a few weeks ago that Kurt Busch was turning the airwaves blue with his tirade against his team's performance, leading to the firing of the team's technical director Tom German, because of the #22's hopeless lack of mid-season form?

Since then, things couldn't be more different for the elder Busch brother, who has suddenly found some scorching form with three consecutive pole positions in June following on from Kansas and Pocono, the latest being for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway, which is race 15 of the Cup series.

Busch held off David Reutimann by just 0.003s for the top spot, while behind them on the second row of the grid for Sunday afternoon's race will be Matt Kenseth and Brian Vickers.

Trevor Bayne will start from 17th position for Wood Brothers on his first Cup appearance since his extended medical leave for an undiagnosed medical condition in April and May, while four of the strongest Cup drivers - Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch - will start close together in positions 21 through 24.

Tony Raines, Brian Keselowski and Mike Skinner failed to qualify for the 43-car field after Dave Blaney made the field on owners' points.

Qualifying times

1. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 38.156s (Leader) 188.699mph
2. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 38.159s (-0.003) 188.684mph
3. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 38.172s (-0.016) 188.620mph
4. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 38.266s (-0.110) 188.157mph
5. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 38.378s (-0.222) 187.607mph
6. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 38.384s (-0.228) 187.578mph
7. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 38.389s (-0.233) 187.554mph
8. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 38.393s (-0.237) 187.534mph
9. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 38.403s (-0.247) 187.485mph
10. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 38.413s (-0.257) 187.436mph
11. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 38.422s (-0.266) 187.393mph
12. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 38.455s (-0.299) 187.232mph
13. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 38.456s (-0.300) 187.227mph
14. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 38.471s (-0.315) 187.154mph
15. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 38.476s (-0.320) 187.130mph
16. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 38.490s (-0.334) 187.062mph
17. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 38.496s (-0.340) 187.032mph
18. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 38.498s (-0.342) 187.023mph
19. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 38.509s (-0.353) 186.969mph
20. #6 David Ragan Ford 38.558s (-0.402) 186.732mph
21. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 38.571s (-0.415) 186.669mph
22. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 38.571s (-0.415) 186.669mph
23. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 38.585s (-0.429) 186.601mph
24. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 38.592s (-0.436) 186.567mph
25. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 38.595s (-0.439) 186.553mph
26. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 38.604s (-0.448) 186.509mph
27. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 38.626s (-0.470) 186.403mph
28. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 38.664s (-0.508) 186.220mph
29. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 38.747s (-0.591) 185.821mph
30. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 38.762s (-0.606) 185.749mph
31. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 38.770s (-0.614) 185.711mph
32. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 38.784s (-0.628) 185.644mph
33. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 38.803s (-0.647) 185.553mph
34. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 38.855s (-0.699) 185.304mph
35. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 38.866s (-0.710) 185.252mph
36. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 38.966s (-0.810) 184.777mph
37. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 38.985s (-0.829) 184.686mph
38. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 39.009s (-0.853) 184.573mph
39. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 39.015s (-0.859) 184.544mph
40. #34 David Gilliland Ford 39.037s (-0.881) 184.440mph
41. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 39.093s (-0.937) 184.176mph
42. #36 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet 39.417s (-1.261) 182.662mph
43. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 39.177s (-1.021) 183.781mph

Did not qualify

44. #37 Tony Raines Ford 39.185s (-1.029) 183.744mph
45. #192 Brian Keselowski* Dodge 39.460s (-1.304) 182.463mph
46. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 39.661s (-1.505) 181.538mph

* denotes rookie
+ set by owner points



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The #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge driven by Kurt Busch. [Picture credit: Getty Images for NASCAR.]
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Crew chief Chad Knaus inspects the car of Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, after a crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, crashes in the early part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Aric Almirola (R), driver of the #43 Charter Ford, inspects his car after crashing during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Erik Jones, driver of the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Camping World Truck Series car (Photo Credit: NASCAR)
Erik Jones, driver of the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Camping World Truck Series car (Photo Credit: NASCAR)
Erik Jones in action in the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Camping World Truck Series car (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies second Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies second Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
 
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies second Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
 
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, qualifies fourth Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
 
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies fifth Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, right, poses with Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert and the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, lead a group of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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