Sunday, June 19, 2011

Kurt Busch Bashes to Third-Straight Cup Pole at Michigan

Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images
The last of the 46 cars to attempt a qualifying run for the Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips 400, Kurt Busch piloted the #22 Pennzoil Dodge to his third-straight pole on the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup tour. Achieving the top spot in qualifying with a time of 38.156 second run, Busch's result stood the test of David Reutimann's effort in the Michael Waltrip Racing #00 Toyota. Extending his recent pole-streak, Kurt Busch also repeats as lead qualifier in the spring race at Michigan.
Outside of the top-10, 2008 race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr starts 15th with his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Earnhardt Jr actually led the whole Hendrick Motorsports team as Mark Martin will start 19th, Jimmie Johnson 21st and the #24 car of Jeff Gordon will be taking the green flag in 31st spot.
Another notable driver out of the top-10 in qualifying at Michigan International Speedway is the NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader. The Roush Fenway driver Carl Edwards starts 23rd at Michigan positioned differently to the beginning of last week's race at Pocono. Having a 40-point point deteriorate to just a 4-point interval over Jimmie Johnson, #99 Ford of Edwards suffered a rare drivetrain issue. Carl Edwards has two wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series at Michigan
Prior to Kurt Busch's pole lap, the biggest news in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at Michigan International Speedway has been situated on Joe Gibbs Racing attracting the ire of the sanctioning body's scrutinizing. On Friday, oil pans from the team's three Toyotas (the #11, #18 and #20) were confiscated in pre-practice inspection. In qualifying, Denny Hamlin was the highest-qualifying member of Joe Gibbs Racing stable with his #11 Fed Ex Toyota. Kyle Busch starts 24th while Joy Logano in the #20 car will start on the tail end of the 43-car field due to an engine change made after the Toyota's race motor expired on Friday. 
The closest race to the Motor City of Detroit, qualifying gave a reason for Chevrolet and Ford to be somewhat worried. Four Toyota Camrys entered the top-10 with Chevrolet Impalas taking three spots and two positions belonging to Ford Fusion race cars. Kurt Busch was the only Dodge in the top-36 for the Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips 400. 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway will start at 1:00pm Eastern time.

Starting Lineup
NASCAR Sprint Cup
Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips 400
Michigan International Speedway
  1. 22 Kurt Busch Shell/Pennzoil Dodge
  2. 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
  3. 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Ford
  4. 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota
  5. 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
  6. 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
  7. 16 Greg Biffle Red Cross/3M Ford
  8. 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Toyota
  9. 27 Paul Menard Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet
  10. 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota
  11. 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
  12. 51 Landon Cassill Security Benefits/ThankATeacherToday Chevrolet
  13. 39 Ryan Newman USArmy236Bday/BMooreNASCARHOF Chevrolet
  14. 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet
  15. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet
  16. 47 Bobby Labonte RainEater/Advance Auto Parts Toyota
  17. 21 Trevor Bayne Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford
  18. 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford
  19. 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet
  20. 6 David Ragan UPS Ford
  21. 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet
  22. 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet
  23. 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Now Hiring Ford
  24. 18 Kyle Busch Snickers Toyota
  25. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Cars 2 Chevrolet
  26. 43 A J Allmendinger Best Buy Ford
  27. 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
  28. 38 Travis Kvapil Fellowship of Christian Athletes Ford
  29. 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota
  30. 20 Joey Logano Home Depot Toyota
  31. 24 Jeff Gordon Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet
  32. 30 David Stremme Inception Racing Chevrolet
  33. 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet
  34. 46 J J Yeley Red Line Chevrolet
  35. 32 Mike Bliss bluCigs Ford
  36. 71 Andy Lally TRG Motorsports Ford
  37. 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy/Walgreens Dodge
  38. 66 Michael McDowell HP Racing LLC Toyota
  39. 13 Casey Mears GEICO Toyota
  40. 34 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford
  41. 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge
  42. 36 Dave Blaney Golden Corral/ Chevrolet
  43. 81 Scott Riggs Whitney's Chevrolet

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