Edwards takes pole in Michigan

Carl Edwards celebrates his pole position

Carl Edwards celebrates his pole position

Marcos Ambrose’s record time of 2012 at Michigan International Speedway has remained intact as Carl Edwards scored the pole for this weekend’s Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race.

The Ford driver posted a best speed of 202.452 mph, as compared to Ambrose’s 203.241 mph in 2012, as he ran his second lap in 35.564 seconds to earn his first career Coors Light pole at one of his best tracks.

“I don’t think that is as fast at Marcos Ambrose ran, but that is fast for me,” said Edwards.

“I don’t think I could go any faster if I ran it again.

“It is so fast. 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.”

“Hopefully we can put a Roush Fenway Ford in victory lane.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver managed to hold off a challenge from Kurt Busch, with Kasey Kahne and Paul Menard to start from the second row.

Defending race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 12th, while points leader Jimmie Johnson was 17th. For all of Johnson’s success, he has never won at Michigan.

Ambrose will have to work his way forward from 23rd.

“We were pretty loose that lap,” said Ambrose.

“It just wasn’t that good and we’ll have some work to do on Sunday. But, we have seen speed in the car. We should be able to race to the front on Sunday and hopefully challenge for a win.”

QUALIFYING:  Quicken Loans 400 

POS 

Driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Time

1

Carl Edwards 99 Ford Fastenal 202.452 35.564

2

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing-Serta 201.879 +0.101

3

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 201.213 +0.219

4

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards-CertainTeed 200.803 +0.292

5

Aric Almirola 43 Ford Eckrich 200.764 +0.299

6

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 200.725 +0.306

7

Austin Dillon 33 Chevrolet American Ethanol 200.630 +0.323

8

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota The Home Depot / Husky 200.568 +0.334

9

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota M&M’s 200.457 +0.354

10

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 200.445 +0.356

11

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Express 200.406 +0.363

12

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard “Man of Steel” 200.100 +0.418

13

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 200.050 +0.427

14

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 199.789 +0.474

15

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Zest 199.761 +0.479

16

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 199.750 +0.481

17

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s 199.689 +0.492

18

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Caterpillar 199.656 +0.498

19

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M / Give Kids A Smile 199.380 +0.548

20

Bobby Labonte 51 Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 199.358 +0.552

21

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Budweiser 199.231 +0.575

22

Mark Martin 55 Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 199.214 +0.578

23

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Stanley 198.692 +0.673

24

Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO 198.593 +0.691

25

Trevor Bayne 21 Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 198.429 +0.721

26

David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver’s 198.364 +0.733

27

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5-Hour Energy 198.292 +0.746

28

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet McDonald’s 198.080 +0.785

29

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger 197.922 +0.814

30

Michael McDowell 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing 197.217 +0.944

31

David Ragan 34 Ford Taco Bell 196.813 +1.019

32

AJ Allmendinger 47 Toyota Charter 196.791 +1.023

33

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 196.276 +1.119

34

David Stremme 30 Toyota Swan Energy 196.266 +1.121

35

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Quicken Loans 195.737 +1.220

36

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Sany 195.514 +1.262

37

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 194.900 +1.378

38

Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport 193.908 +1.567

39

Ken Schrader 32 Ford OXY Water 193.092 +1.724

40

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet TBA 192.962 +1.749

41

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 192.833 +1.774

42

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota TBA 191.990 +1.938

43

Mike Bliss 19 Toyota Plinker Tactical 187.149 +2.908

 

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