“I don’t know if it will be enough to hold up,” Joey Logano said soon after posting a lap time of 35.303 seconds on Friday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., during qualifying for Sunday’s Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track. The time did hold up, though, for a new track qualifying record and the pole starting spot for Logano.
Kurt Busch will start second, alongside Logano on the front row come Sunday after posting a 35.347-second lap in qualifying.
“It was a really good lap for us and our Furniture Row guys and the way we picked up speed from practice,” Busch said. “I was hoping to get a 35.35 and that’s exactly what we ran and we’ll see where that shakes up.”
Mark Martin and Jeff Burton will share the second row on the starting grid. Juan Pablo Montoya qualified sixth and going out early in the qualifying session.
“Going out early is not the end of the world,” Montoya said. “The problem is, I finished my lap and it cools down. I got in the car; the track was 12 degrees hotter than when we first practiced, and I’m like, okay, and if I can back it down, I’ll be the same lap time as practice and that’s a hell of a job. And we did and look at this; it’s probably cooled down 15 to 20 degrees.”
Qualifying seventh through 10th were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch.
After 44 drivers made qualifying attempts on Friday, Scott Riggs was the only driver who failed to earn a starting spot.
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