August 17, 2013 on FOX SPORTS 1
Logano takes the checkered flag at Pure Michigan 400 at
Mich. -- Joey Logano put down a track-record
lap of 203.949 miles per hour Friday as the 16th qualifier.
He had to wait out 28 other drivers trying to claim the
pole position for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at
Michigan International Speedway.
When the dust
settled there was no “Catch 22” as Logano,
in the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford had the pole, the record,
and the best seat in the house for the start of Sunday’s
lap was the ninth-fastest pole-winning lap in NASCAR Sprint
know if that speed will hold up,” Logano said as
he nervously watched those giving chase. “I think
it should hang in the top-five, I hope.”
qualified one spot ahead of Logano and thought his qualifying
speed of 203.695 might hold up for the pole, but that
hope was very short lived and Busch settled for the outside
of the front row.
we had enough to get the pole but Logano hit it perfect,”
Kurt Busch explained. “We’re really happy
with the outside of the front row. It was an extremely
fast pace. The track was really quick.”
the third fastest qualifier at 203.470, also wiped out
the previous record of 203.241 mph established by Marcos
Ambrose for the Quicken Loans 400 in 2012.
that the track, repaved two years ago, will continue to
get faster as it gets broken in and that three lanes will
be available by the end of Sunday’s race.
A total of
25 drivers exceeded an average speed of 200 MPH as the
fastest track in NASCAR keeps getting faster. A total
of 13 drivers went over 200 MPH during qualifying last
In the first
NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session Friday a total of 20
drivers surpassed the 200 mile-per-hour plateau, a prelude
to what was to come. Johnson led the way at 203.355 mph.
practice times are any indication, the NASCAR Camping
World Truck Series qualifying record at MIS will be broken
many times over when official qualifying is contested
Saturday morning. It is scheduled to begin at 9:35.
A total of
nine drivers surpassed Joey Coulter’s record of
184.101 MPH that garnered the pole for the 2012 race.
Darrell Wallace, Jr., paced the field with a practice
speed of 185.634 mph in the first session.
came Kyle Busch to post a quick lap of 187.578 mph in
the second practice session as a total of 19 drivers surpassed
Kyle Busch was ninth fastest in the first practice session
but found more speed in the second session.
For the second
year in a row MIS was named “Track of The Year”
by the NASCAR Foundation for its charitable and community
efforts in 2012. But what about on the inside, the actual
Johnson is the last person to ask if for no other reason
than the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and current
points leader has never won at Michigan in 23 Cup race
But, no, Johnson
holds no grudge against MIS.
track has always been high on the driver’s list,’’
he said. “I love coming here. This track has worked
very well with myself and the young fans; we have a package
that we do here with them and I go out and spend some
time with the kids. So, I’m very proud of what this
race track does with the fans.”
interim driver for Tony Stewart this weekend at MIS, will
be making his third appearance with a different Sprint
Cup team this season. Not a problem for the youngster
who has also competed with Circle Sport Racing and Phoenix
it’s cool to be able to say that I’ve driven
for multiple different people,” he explained Friday
after qualifying 27th. “The great thing about it
is that you learn a lot of running with different guys
and learn how things are supposed to be done and what
it really takes to be a team leader.”
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