Brooklyn, MI- Michigan International Speedway has been very fast since the repave prior to the 2012 August race.
With this being the third time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been to MIS with the new pavement around the 2-mile oval, the track has proven to be the fastest on the schedule.
That continued today with Joey Logano earning the pole for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 with a speed of 203.949 mph in the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford.
It was Logano’s sixth Coors Light Pole Award of his career as he set the new track record at Michigan and first pole with Penske Racing. His lap was the ninth fastest pole speed in the history of NASCAR.
Joining Logano on the front row is Furniture Row Racing’s Kurt Busch. The 2004 Sprint Cup champion set a lap of 203.695 mph in the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet and gives him a good view to start the race on Sunday. Busch, typically runs well at Michigan as he has a great chance of either winning or finishing up front to get him closer to a Chase spot with four races left.
Row 2 will consist of five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and veteran Mark Martin. The duo will try and keep up with Logano and Busch to start the 200 Lap race off Sunday.
Richard Childress Racing’s Jeff Burton rounded out the top five in Friday’s session with a lap of 203.114 mph in the No. 31 Cheerios Chevrolet.
25 of the 43 starters Sunday qualified better than 200 mph which is very race for NASCAR. These are typical IndyCar speeds, but this weekend NASCAR showed pure speed in MIS. Look for it to be a very fast race Sunday afternoon.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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