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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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