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Michigan: Cup qualifying

14 June 2013

Carl Edwards will start Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from pole position for Roush Fenway Racing after setting a time of 35.564s (202.452mph) on the two-mile Michigan International Speedway.

"I am happy with that lap, I don't think I could go any faster if I ran it again," said Edwards. "There are some really fast cars here. I am really proud of that though.

It's Edwards' 12th pole in 316 Cup starts and his first of 2013, meaning that he is now eligible for the 2014 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona. It's his first pole in 18 races at Michigan, with his previous best start of second place coming last August.

"I don't know if it has changed a lot," said Edwards when asked to compare his run today with the last time the CUp cars ran here. "It seems like the track has aged a little bit which is going to be good.

"If the tyres can fall off a little in the run it will be great, it is so fast," he added. "It is hard to describe what it feels like to go through the corner that fast in a 3,500 lb stock car. It feels like an IndyCar looks to me. I don't know what those feel like, but it stuck!"

Kurt Busch will start alongside Edwards in the #78 Furniture Row Racing car, his fifth top-10 start of 2013 and his ninth in 25 races at Michigan. Kasey Kahne and Paul Menard take up the second row ahead of Aric Almirola and Joey Logano. The sole non-qualifier for the Quicken Loans 400 was Scott Riggs.

Qualifying times

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 35.564s (Pole) 202.452mph
2. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 35.665s (+ 0.101s) 201.879mph
3. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 35.783s (+ 0.219s) 201.213mph
4. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 35.856s (+ 0.292s) 200.803mph
5. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 35.863s (+ 0.299s) 200.764mph
6. #22 Joey Logano Ford 35.870s (+ 0.306s) 200.725mph
7. #33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 35.887s (+ 0.323s) 200.630mph
8. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 35.898s (+ 0.334s) 200.568mph
9. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 35.918s (+ 0.354s) 200.457mph
10. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 35.920s (+ 0.356s) 200.445mph
11. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 35.927s (+ 0.363s) 200.406mph
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 35.982s (+ 0.418s) 200.100mph
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 35.991s (+ 0.427s) 200.050mph
14. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 36.038s (+ 0.474s) 199.789mph
15. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 36.043s (+ 0.479s) 199.761mph
16. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 36.045s (+ 0.481s) 199.750mph
17. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 36.056s (+ 0.492s) 199.689mph
18. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 36.062s (+ 0.498s) 199.656mph
19. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 36.112s (+ 0.548s) 199.380mph
20. #51 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 36.116s (+ 0.552s) 199.358mph
21. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 36.139s (+ 0.575s) 199.231mph
22. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 36.142s (+ 0.578s) 199.214mph
23. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 36.237s (+ 0.673s) 198.692mph
24. #13 Casey Mears Ford 36.255s (+ 0.691s) 198.593mph
25. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 36.285s (+ 0.721s) 198.429mph
26. #38 David Gilliland Ford 36.297s (+ 0.733s) 198.364mph
27. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 36.310s (+ 0.746s) 198.292mph
28. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 36.349s (+ 0.785s) 198.080mph
29. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 36.378s (+ 0.814s) 197.922mph
30. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 36.508s (+ 0.944s) 197.217mph
31. #34 David Ragan Ford 36.583s (+ 1.019s) 196.813mph
32. #47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 36.587s (+ 1.023s) 196.791mph
33. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 36.683s (+ 1.119s) 196.276mph
34. #30 David Stremme Toyota 36.685s (+ 1.121s) 196.266mph
35. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 36.784s (+ 1.220s) 195.737mph
36. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 36.826s (+ 1.262s) 195.514mph
37. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 36.942s (+ 1.378s) 194.900mph
38. #35 Josh Wise Ford 37.131s (+ 1.567s) 193.908mph
39. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 37.288s (+ 1.724s) 193.092mph
40. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 37.313s (+ 1.749s) 192.962mph
41. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 37.338s (+ 1.774s) 192.833mph
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 37.502s (+ 1.938s) 191.990mph
43. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 38.472s (+ 2.908s) 187.149mph

Did Not Qualify

#44 Scott Riggs Ford 39.047s (+ 3.483s) 184.393mph

Practice 1 times

1. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 35.889s (Leader) 200.619mph (23 laps)
2. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 35.957s (-0.068s) 200.239mph (21 laps)
3. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 35.995s (-0.106s) 200.028mph (17 laps)
4. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 35.998s (-0.109s) 200.011mph (18 laps)
5. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 36.014s (-0.125s) 199.922mph (15 laps)
6. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 36.025s (-0.136s) 199.861mph (21 laps)
7. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 36.073s (-0.184s) 199.595mph (12 laps)
8. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 36.086s (-0.197s) 199.523mph (13 laps)
9. #33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 36.092s (-0.203s) 199.490mph (11 laps)
10. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 36.114s (-0.225s) 199.369mph (19 laps)
11. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 36.127s (-0.238s) 199.297mph (14 laps)
12. #51 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 36.129s (-0.240s) 199.286mph (18 laps)
13. #22 Joey Logano Ford 36.240s (-0.351s) 198.675mph (23 laps)
14. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 36.247s (-0.358s) 198.637mph (22 laps)
15. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 36.254s (-0.365s) 198.599mph (18 laps)
16. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 36.295s (-0.406s) 198.374mph (23 laps)
17. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 36.295s (-0.406s) 198.374mph (15 laps)
18. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 36.317s (-0.428s) 198.254mph (18 laps)
19. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 36.423s (-0.534s) 197.677mph (19 laps)
20. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 36.459s (-0.570s) 197.482mph (21 laps)
21. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 36.462s (-0.573s) 197.466mph (18 laps)
22. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 36.465s (-0.576s) 197.450mph (12 laps)
23. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 36.550s (-0.661s) 196.990mph (25 laps)
24. #13 Casey Mears Ford 36.570s (-0.681s) 196.883mph (23 laps)
25. #34 David Ragan Ford 36.587s (-0.698s) 196.791mph (28 laps)
26. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 36.589s (-0.700s) 196.780mph (23 laps)
27. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 36.598s (-0.709s) 196.732mph (18 laps)
28. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 36.600s (-0.711s) 196.721mph (15 laps)
29. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 36.603s (-0.714s) 196.705mph (10 laps)
30. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 36.679s (-0.790s) 196.298mph (12 laps)
31. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 36.686s (-0.797s) 196.260mph (19 laps)
32. #30 David Stremme Toyota 36.765s (-0.876s) 195.838mph (17 laps)
33. #47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 36.859s (-0.970s) 195.339mph (18 laps)
34. #38 David Gilliland Ford 36.876s (-0.987s) 195.249mph (15 laps)
35. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 36.930s (-1.041s) 194.963mph (14 laps)
36. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 36.938s (-1.049s) 194.921mph (16 laps)
37. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 37.089s (-1.200s) 194.128mph (26 laps)
38. #35 Josh Wise Ford 37.281s (-1.392s) 193.128mph (7 laps)
39. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 37.349s (-1.460s) 192.776mph (8 laps)
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 37.391s (-1.502s) 192.560mph (10 laps)
41. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 37.525s (-1.636s) 191.872mph (9 laps)
42. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 37.580s (-1.691s) 191.591mph (8 laps)
43. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 37.602s (-1.713s) 191.479mph (10 laps)
44. #44 Scott Riggs Ford 37.826s (-1.937s) 190.345mph (8 laps)


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