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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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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates with his son, Keelan, in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Splash-FVP/Menards Toyota, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, crosses the finishline to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Brian Scott, driver of the #2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet, leads thre field past the green flag to start during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 12, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
(Back Row L-R) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes Ford, Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Catepillar Chevrolet, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Gwaltney Ford, (Front Row L- R) Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Call Before You Dig Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Bush`s Beans Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, pose with the Sprint Cup Trophy after qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
(Back Row L - R) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes Ford, Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Catepillar Chevrolet, Miss Sprint Cup Madison Martin, Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Gwaltney Ford, (Front Row L- R) Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Call Before You Dig Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Bush`s Beans Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, pose with the Sprint Cup Trophy after qualifying for the Chase  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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