Logano grabs Michigan pole

Joey Logano wins the Michigan pole

Joey Logano wins the Michigan pole

Joey Logano has won the pole position for the Pure Michigan 400 with a track record to edge out Kurt Busch in the process.

With a blistering run at 327.815 km/h (203.695 mph) around the Michigan International Speedway it is the sixth pole of the Penske Racing driver’s Sprint Cup career, but is the first for him at Michigan and first aboard a Ford.

It is the 13th time this year that a pole award has seen the track record broken, further underlining the strengths of the Generation 6 NASCAR.

“When you come to Michigan, obviously there’s extra incentive to win here and get poles — for one, Ford being here and Penske also having their headquarters here,” said Logano.

“Any time you can come here and get a pole for Roger, it’s huge.

“I think what you’re seeing here is we ran really good here in the spring, and you come back here in a short amount of time, and you’re able to use your notes you had from there. This is the second time we’ve come here as a team, and we were able to learn a lot from it.”

Logano’s speed broke the track record set last year by Australia’s Marcos Ambrose who today set the 26th fastest time.

“Well, we were supposed to be the last car to qualify, but it appeared that the inspection line got out of sorts; so we just went out and qualified when they told us,” said Ambrose

“The track may have warmed up a bit and got a little slower. It was certainly slower for us, and that’s disappointing. Usually you like those late draws, but today it didn’t help us. It was just really slick, and I was holding on.

“But, we weren’t bad in practice, and we’ll concentrate on our race setup tomorrow. We have a busy weekend with our Stanley car in Mid-Ohio and our DeWalt car here. We’re just trying to make the most of both races and hopefully get a win.”

LINE-UP: Pure Michigan 400 – Michigan International Speedway

POS 

Driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Time

1

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 203.949 35.303

2

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing-Serta 203.695 –0.044

3

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s 203.470 –0.083

4

Mark Martin 55 Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 203.218 –0.127

5

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Cheerios 203.114 –0.145

6

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 202.988 –0.167

7

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard Youth Foundation 202.817 –0.197

8

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Freight 202.800 –0.200

9

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 202.726 –0.213

10

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota Interstate Batteries 202.384 –0.273

11

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5-Hour Energy 202.304 –0.287

12

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Dollar General 202.230 –0.300

13

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Standox 202.117 –0.320

14

Aric Almirola 43 Ford Eckrich 201.799 –0.376

15

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Rheem 201.641 –0.404

16

Greg Biffle 16 Ford FIRST 201.590 –0.413

17

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 201.590 –0.413

18

Trevor Bayne 21 Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 201.337 –0.458

19

Carl Edwards 99 Ford BB/Geek Squad 201.033 –0.512

20

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Nibco 200.736 –0.565

21

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Quicken Loans/PTA 200.613 –0.587

22

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Fifth Third Bank 200.613 –0.587

23

David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver’s 200.518 –0.604

24

David Ragan 34 Ford Taco Bell 200.261 –0.650

25

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 200.178 –0.665

26

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford DeWalt 199.994 –0.698

27

Austin Dillon 14 Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 199.983 –0.700

28

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 199.689 –0.753

29

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet Philips 199.518 –0.784

30

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Kingsford Charcoal 198.829 –0.909

31

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Pepsi MAX 197.906 –1.078

32

Scott Speed 95 Ford Leavine Family Racing 197.704 –1.115

33

Casey Mears 13 Ford Valvoline NextGen 197.672 –1.121

34

Timmy Hill 32 Ford U.S. Chrome 197.028 –1.240

35

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet TBA 197.012 –1.243

36

David Stremme 30 Toyota Widow Wax-Lean1 196.980 –1.249

37

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota TBA 196.818 –1.279

38

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 196.148 –1.404

39

Brendan Gaughan 51 Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 195.679 –1.492

40

Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport 195.610 –1.505

41

Johnny Sauter 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing 195.180 –1.586

42

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet TBA 194.542 –1.707

43

Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet Little JoesAutos.com 192.627 –2.075

 

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