Brooklyn, MI (Sports Network) - Joey Logano will start on the pole for the
400-mile Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway after
setting a new track record in Friday's qualifying.
Logano, who is in his first season as driver of the No. 22 Ford for Penske
Racing, posted a lap at 203.949 mph for his first pole of the season and the
sixth of his Sprint Cup career. Logano's run was the ninth-fastest pole-
winning lap in the history of NASCAR's premier series.
Kurt Busch will share the front row with Logano after turning a lap at 203.695
mph. Jimmie Johnson's lap at 203.470 mph earned him the third starting spot.
The top-three drivers in qualifying surpassed the previous track record of
203.241 mph, set by Marcos Ambrose in June 2012. This is the 13th time a
qualifying record at a track has been broken this season with the new Sprint
Cup race car, the Gen-6.
Mark Martin qualified fourth, followed by Jeff Burton and Juan Pablo Montoya.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, the defending series
champion, and Kyle Busch, who won last Sunday's race at Watkins Glen,
completed the top-10.
Earlier in the day, Montoya confirmed that he is not returning to Earnhardt
Ganassi Racing for the 2014 season.
Austin Dillon, who is the replacement driver for the injured Tony Stewart in
the No. 14 Chevrolet this week, qualified 27th, one spot ahead of his Stewart-
Haas Racing teammate, Danica Patrick.
Greg Biffle will start 16th in his attempt to win a third consecutive race at
Scott Riggs was the only driver who failed to qualify for Sunday's event at
Michigan, which is scheduled to start shortly after 1 p.m. ET.
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