Logano Blisters Michigan Asphalt
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Joey Logano put his Penske Racing Ford on the pole during qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan Int’l Speedway on Friday afternoon.
Logano earned his first pole of 2013 aboard the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford with a 35.303-second lap at 203.949 mph. Logano’s lap reset the Sprint Cup track record at MIS, besting the 203.241 mph lap set by Marcos Ambrose last season. It was the ninth fastest pole speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.
“The guys did a great job making me a really good Shell/Pennzoil Ford,” Logano said. “I’m excited. This thing is really fast and really good in race trim. I’m looking forward to the race. I feel we’ve got a real good piece and we’ve got a really good motor in the thing.”
Michigan Int’l Speedway became the 13th different venue to have its track record fall during the 2013 season.
Kurt Busch qualified second in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton. The top three cars all broke the previous track record.
Juan Pablo Montoya, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch completed the top 10. Austin Dillon, making his first start in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 in place of Tony Stewart, qualified 27th.
Scott Riggs was the only driver who failed to qualify for the 43-car field.