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Joey Logano was among three drivers who broke the previous Michigan International Speedway qualifying record when he won the pole Friday for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400. His lap of 35.303 seconds/203.949 mph was better than what Marcos Ambrose put down one year ago when he set the mark. Logano was happy with the pole, but knows this is only the start of the weekend. “That felt faster that practice. I think it was better than what we had in practice. I don’t know if it will be enough to hold up though. I thought a teen would be what it would take. I think it should hang in the top-five I hope. Track position is really big when you come to Michigan and we have a really good Ford in race trim and I feel like it is really good. I think we have a shot to win this weekend. We have to be smart and play the right strategy but we should be starting up toward the front and hopefully we can stay there most of the day.” Also breaking the record, but not getting their names in the record book were Chevrolet drivers Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson. After his lap, Busch praised the new Generation 6 car that is being used this year. “These Generation- 6 cars are incredible.  Each team has their own way of approaching how to find speed and my Furniture Row guys have found speed week in and week out.  Just real proud of them we gained a lot of speed from practice.  I was hoping to run a 35.35, I don’t know what that does for mile and hour and we ran exactly that.  Some guys might beat us which if fine, but we will get a great starting position from there.  Cloud cover is big today and that is adding to a lot of the speed.   Last time we were here I think we qualified and the track temp was in the hundred and teens.  This time around it is around 105.” What’s scary for the competition Sunday is that Jimmie Johnson believes he left some on the table with his lap. “I definitely had my hands full on that lap. I wasn’t as efficient I guess as I probably should have been and I think I dragged a little speed out of the car but it was a very good lap. And hopefully it will keep us there I the Top 5 and we’ll go racing on Sunday.” Veterans Mark Martin and Jeff Burton rounded out the top-5 starters. Juan Pablo Montoya backed up a week of discussions on his future in the sport by putting his #42 Chevrolet in the sixth starting position. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-10 starters. Even after his lap Montoya had to field questions about his future. “I don’t know where I’m going to wind up. But I’ve got to thank Target because I’ve had an awesome seven years with them here. Everybody on the team has been really good. Chip (Ganassi) and I have a really good relationship. What I’ve been telling people is whatever I’m going to do; I’d better be in a winning car.” Scott Riggs was the only driver not to make the race. The action gets underway at 1 PM EST and can be seen on ESPN. Pos # Driver Team Time 1 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 35.303 2 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row / Serta Chevrolet 35.347 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 35.386 4 55 Mark Martin Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 35.430 5 31 Jeff Burton Cheerios Chevrolet 35.448 6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 35.470 7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Youth Foundation Chevrolet 35.500 8 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 35.503 9 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite / Luke Bryan Ford 35.516 10 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 35.576 11 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 35.590 12 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 35.603 13 24 Jeff Gordon Standox Chevrolet 35.623 14 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford 35.679 15 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevrolet 35.707 16 16 Greg Biffle First / 3M Ford 35.716 17 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 35.716 18 21 Trevor Bayne Motorcraft/QuickLaneTire&AutoCenter Ford 35.761 19 99 Carl Edwards Best Buy Geek Squad / Fastenal Ford 35.815 20 27 Paul Menard Nibco / Menards Chevrolet 35.868 21 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans / PTA Chevrolet 35.890 22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Ford 35.890 23 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver’s Ford 35.907 24 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 35.953 25 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 35.968 26 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 36.001 27 14 Austin Dillon Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 36.003 28 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 36.056 29 1 Jamie McMurray Advil Chevrolet 36.087 30 47 Bobby Labonte KingsFord Charcoal Toyota 36.212 31 5 Kasey Kahne Pepsi Max Chevrolet 36.381 32 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 36.418 33 13 Casey Mears Valvoline NextGen Ford 36.424 34 32 Timmy Hill U.S. Chrome Ford 36.543 35 36 JJ Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 36.546 36 30 David Stremme Lean1 Toyota 36.552 37 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota Owner Points 38 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota Owner Points 39 51 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Owner Points 40 35 Josh Wise MDS Transport Ford Owner Points 41 98 Johnny Sauter Phil Parsons Racing Ford Owner Points 42 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Owner Points 43 33 Landon Cassill LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet Owner Points DNQ: #19 Scott Riggs.
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