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Michigan: Cup qualifying

Joey Logano claimed pole position at Michigan International Speedway for Sunday afternoon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Penske Racing's Joey Logano claimed his first pole position of the year and will start Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway put him on the front row alongside his recent predecessor behind the wheel of the #22, Kurt Busch.

"Track position is really big when you come to Michigan and we have a really good Ford in race trim and I feel like it is really good," said Logano after his run. "I think we have a shot to win this weekend. We have to be smart and play the right strategy but we should be starting up toward the front and hopefully we can stay there most of the day."

Logano's time of 35.303s (203.949mph) is a new track qualifying record at Michigan, beating the previous record set in June 2012 by Marcos Ambrose who posted speeds of 203.241mph and is the ninth-fastest pole-winning lap in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history. It's the 13th time a new qualifying record has been set this season since the introduction of the new Gen-6 car.

This was Logano's sixth career pole in 170 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and his first time taking point for a Cup race at Michigan. He was just 0.044s ahead of Kurt Busch in the #78 Furniture Row Racing car, who is pushing hard to make it into the Chase in the four races remaining before Richmond.

“I was real happy with our lap," said Busch. "We tuned it up a little bit from practice and it's really neat to overlay exactly what we did here in June, when we were outside pole and try to improve on that.

"The pace today was just quick," he continued. "It was just an extreme pace that the qualifying simulations were showing us. I shot for a 35.35s in my mind for a lap time and ran a 35.347s. I thought it would be good enough for the pole, but Logano just hit it perfectly and if I had to say where we lost a little bit of speed was maybe my entry to Turn 2. It was just a little conservative making sure I didn't over drive it.

"It's really cool to be in position on Fridays and to have that shot at going for the pole because it's not every week where you're showing up having shots at sitting on the pole," he added. "So, thanks to the guys and everybody that's working hard."

Jimmie Johnson will start alongside Mark Martin on row two, with Jeff Burton starting on row three alongside Juan Pablo Montoya. Scott Riggs was the sole driver to miss out on the race after Landon Cassill qualified for the 43-car grid via owner points.

Qualifying times

1. #22 Joey Logano Ford 35.303s (Pole) 203.949mph
2. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 35.347s (+ 0.044s) 203.695mph
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 35.386s (+ 0.083s) 203.470mph
4. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 35.430s (+ 0.127s) 203.218mph
5. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 35.448s (+ 0.145s) 203.114mph
6. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 35.470s (+ 0.167s) 202.988mph
7. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 35.500s (+ 0.197s) 202.817mph
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 35.503s (+ 0.200s) 202.800mph
9. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 35.516s (+ 0.213s) 202.726mph
10. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 35.576s (+ 0.273s) 202.384mph
11. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 35.590s (+ 0.287s) 202.304mph
12. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 35.603s (+ 0.300s) 202.230mph
13. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 35.623s (+ 0.320s) 202.117mph
14. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 35.679s (+ 0.376s) 201.799mph
15. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 35.707s (+ 0.404s) 201.641mph
16. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 35.716s (+ 0.413s) 201.590mph
17. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 35.716s (+ 0.413s) 201.590mph
18. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 35.761s (+ 0.458s) 201.337mph
19. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 35.815s (+ 0.512s) 201.033mph
20. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 35.868s (+ 0.565s) 200.736mph
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 35.890s (+ 0.587s) 200.613mph
22. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 35.890s (+ 0.587s) 200.613mph
23. #38 David Gilliland Ford 35.907s (+ 0.604s) 200.518mph
24. #34 David Ragan Ford 35.953s (+ 0.650s) 200.261mph
25. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 35.968s (+ 0.665s) 200.178mph
26. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 36.001s (+ 0.698s) 199.994mph
27. #14 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 36.003s (+ 0.700s) 199.983mph
28. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 36.056s (+ 0.753s) 199.689mph
29. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 36.087s (+ 0.784s) 199.518mph
30. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 36.212s (+ 0.909s) 198.829mph
31. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 36.381s (+ 1.078s) 197.906mph
32. #95 Scott Speed Ford 36.418s (+ 1.115s) 197.704mph
33. #13 Casey Mears Ford 36.424s (+ 1.121s) 197.672mph
34. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 36.543s (+ 1.240s) 197.028mph
35. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 36.546s (+ 1.243s) 197.012mph
36. #30 David Stremme Toyota 36.552s (+ 1.249s) 196.980mph
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 36.582s (+ 1.279s) 196.818mph
38. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 36.707s (+ 1.404s) 196.148mph
39. #51 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 36.795s (+ 1.492s) 195.679mph
40. #35 Josh Wise Ford 36.808s (+ 1.505s) 195.610mph
41. #98 Johnny Sauter Ford 36.889s (+ 1.586s) 195.180mph
42. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 37.010s (+ 1.707s) 194.542mph
43. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 37.378s (+ 2.075s) 192.627mph

Did Not Qualify

#19 Scott Riggs Toyota 37.234s (+ 1.931s) 193.372mph

Practice 1 times

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 35.406s (Leader) 203.355mph (11 laps)
2. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 35.445s (-0.039s) 203.132mph (17 laps)
3. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 35.532s (-0.126s) 202.634mph (14 laps)
4. #22 Joey Logano Ford 35.549s (-0.143s) 202.537mph (20 laps)
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 35.644s (-0.238s) 201.998mph (18 laps)
6. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 35.649s (-0.243s) 201.969mph (20 laps)
7. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 35.662s (-0.256s) 201.896mph (25 laps)
8. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 35.724s (-0.318s) 201.545mph (15 laps)
9. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 35.752s (-0.346s) 201.387mph (11 laps)
10. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 35.759s (-0.353s) 201.348mph (10 laps)
11. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 35.789s (-0.383s) 201.179mph (27 laps)
12. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 35.795s (-0.389s) 201.145mph (22 laps)
13. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 35.827s (-0.421s) 200.966mph (16 laps)
14. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 35.841s (-0.435s) 200.887mph (12 laps)
15. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 35.880s (-0.474s) 200.669mph (15 laps)
16. #14 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 35.907s (-0.501s) 200.518mph (19 laps)
17. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 35.914s (-0.508s) 200.479mph (15 laps)
18. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 35.935s (-0.529s) 200.362mph (24 laps)
19. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 35.958s (-0.552s) 200.234mph (19 laps)
20. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 35.993s (-0.587s) 200.039mph (23 laps)
21. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 36.003s (-0.597s) 199.983mph (11 laps)
22. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 36.022s (-0.616s) 199.878mph (26 laps)
23. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 36.023s (-0.617s) 199.872mph (13 laps)
24. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 36.099s (-0.693s) 199.452mph (23 laps)
25. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 36.126s (-0.720s) 199.302mph (17 laps)
26. #13 Casey Mears Ford 36.148s (-0.742s) 199.181mph (15 laps)
27. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 36.186s (-0.780s) 198.972mph (11 laps)
28. #38 David Gilliland Ford 36.200s (-0.794s) 198.895mph (13 laps)
29. #34 David Ragan Ford 36.228s (-0.822s) 198.741mph (19 laps)
30. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 36.277s (-0.871s) 198.473mph (17 laps)
31. #51 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 36.446s (-1.040s) 197.553mph (31 laps)
32. #35 Josh Wise Ford 36.500s (-1.094s) 197.260mph (9 laps)
33. #30 David Stremme Toyota 36.581s (-1.175s) 196.823mph (17 laps)
34. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 36.598s (-1.192s) 196.732mph (11 laps)
35. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 36.724s (-1.318s) 196.057mph (19 laps)
36. #95 Scott Speed Ford 36.743s (-1.337s) 195.956mph (12 laps)
37. #98 Johnny Sauter Ford 36.817s (-1.411s) 195.562mph (13 laps)
38. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 36.913s (-1.507s) 195.053mph (7 laps)
39. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 37.048s (-1.642s) 194.342mph (11 laps)
40. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 37.054s (-1.648s) 194.311mph (6 laps)
41. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 37.225s (-1.819s) 193.418mph (11 laps)
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 37.228s (-1.822s) 193.403mph (10 laps)
43. #19 Scott Riggs Toyota 37.540s (-2.134s) 191.795mph (10 laps)
44. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 37.731s (-2.325s) 190.825mph (12 laps)



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