BROOKLYN, Mich. – Carl Edwards didn’t quite break the track record during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying Friday at Michigan Int’l Speedway, but his 202 mph lap was more than enough to earn him the pole for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400.
Edwards put his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford on the pole with a fast lap of 35.564 seconds at 202.452 mph. Many believed the track record of 203.241 mph set by Marcos Ambrose last year would fall during qualifying, but conditions simply didn’t allow for that kind of speed on Friday.
Kurt Busch qualified second for Furniture Row Racing, timing in at 35.665 seconds at 201.879 mph
“Kurt had me really nervous. We were all sitting up there in the truck. The clouds were coming and we knew he was going to be stout. Just an awesome day,” said Edwards after his 12th career Sprint Cup pole and first of 2013. “This pole, for us, is huge. We’ve been very close all year. The guys have been working really hard.”
Edwards will attempt to give Ford its 1,000th victory in NASCAR’s three national divisions on Sunday.
Kasey Kahne, Paul Menard and Aric Almirola completed the top five in qualifying. Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya filled the top 10.
Scott Riggs was the only driver who failed to qualify for the 43-car field.