Carl Edwards turned in a 35.564-second lap at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., on Friday evening to claim the pole starting spot for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track. It’s his first pole of 2013 and his first and MIS.
“We have been working very hard as a team, as a group, from Jack Roush and everybody, we have been working hard — Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse, the guys at RPM and even the guys at Penske,” Edwards said. “We have been trying to figure out how to turn the corner with these Ford Fusions and make them faster. This weekend Doug Yates and the guys at Roush Yates engines have turned a corner.”
Edwards will be joined on the front row on Sunday by Kurt Busch, who qualified second with a lap time of 35.665 seconds. Kasey Kahne will start third.
“It was a great lap,” Busch said of his qualifying effort. “It’s amazing how close it comes down after a two-mile run. Carl posted a fast lap early on. I just wanted to go after it. We just came up a 10th shy.”
Paul Menard qualified fourth and Aric Almirola was fifth-fastest during Friday’s qualifying session. Joey Logano was sixth and Nationwide Series regular Austin Dillon was seventh.
Matt Kenseth was the fastest Toyota driver on Friday, qualifying eighth. Rounded out the top-10 were Kyle Busch and Juan Montoya.
Forty-four drivers made qualifying attempts. Scott Riggs was the one driver who failed to get a spot on Sunday’s starting grid.
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Below, is the full starting lineup for the Quicken Loans 400: