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“I’m trying to keep a job here,” Mark Martin said after pole qualifying at Michigan International Speedway on Friday for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track. “So far, it’s going well.” If poles are what it takes to keep a job as a driver at Michael Waltrip Racing, it is, indeed, going well for the part-time driver. He turned in a 36.0053-second lap on Friday to claim his fourth pole of the year, the most of any driver on the circuit, even though he’s not running all the races on the schedule. Carl Edwards, who went out before Martin in qualifying, posted a lap that was good enough to knock Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth off the provisional pole, but he was soon knocked from the top of the scoring pylon, himself, by Martin. “It was a good lap,” Edwards said. “I am surprised how fast Mark’s lap was.” Edwards will still start on the front row Sunday, starting alongside Martin in second. Jimmie Johnson qualified third, and Kenseth was shuffled

For Carl Edwards the Irish Hills of Michigan hold memories and significance

Edwards started his Sprint Cup career at Michigan International Speedway – MIS – in 2004, starting 23rd and finishing 10th. Three years later in 2007, he made his 100th start at the track and won the race ending a long losing streak. Edwards would enjoy nothing more than to get his first 2012 win this Sunday at the same track. Read more about Carl Edwards at Fan4Racing…

Carl Edwards Michigan Media Transcript

Carl Edwards, who stands 43 points outside of 10th position in the Sprint Cup standings, is the most recent Ford driver to win at Michigan International Speedway in 2008. Edwards met with members of the media Friday afternoon after the first practice session. TALK ABOUT COMING BACK HERE TO MICHIGAN AND YOUR EXPECTATIONS THIS WEEKEND. “We are coming into Michigan with our guns blazing...

Martin sets hot pace at Michigan

Mark Martin has won the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Martin posted the top qualifying speed Friday of 199.706 mph on the track's still-new surface. Carl Edwards was second, followed by points leader Jimmie Johnson. It's the fourth pole of the year for the 53-year-old Martin, who is making only his 15th Cup start this season. It...

'Chase for the Chase' under way in Sprint Cup

Some of NASCAR's biggest names are trying to keep their championship hopes alive and the Chase for the Sprint Cup is still about a month away. Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon would all be on the outside looking in if the Chase started now. They have four races to change that, starting this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The top 10 drivers advance, along...

Ford Racing Pure Michigan 400 Qualifying Recap

It was a good day for the Ford Racing camp as Carl Edwards (2nd), Matt Kenseth (4th), Trevor Bayne (6th), and Marcos Ambrose (7th) found their way into the top ten during qualifying for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400. Below are quotes from Kenseth, Ambrose, Bayne, Casey Mears, David Ragan, David Gilliland, and Aric Almirola. Also included is Edwards’ post qualifying press conference...

Tony Stewart Pure Michigan 400 Race Preview

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., – Last August when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolled into Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Tony Stewart was blunt in assessing his team’s performance. “We’re not setting the world on fire,” said Stewart before the race weekend even began. Then, after a ninth-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400, Stewart famously declared, “If we’re going...
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