Logano sets track record in qualifying at Michigan

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm •  Published: August 16, 2013
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Busch is in 11th place in the standings, so his solid starting position comes at a good time for him. Busch started second in this year's earlier race at MIS, but he finished 35th.

"It's really neat to overlay exactly what we did here in June, when we were outside pole, and try to improve on that," Busch said. "The pace today was just quick. It was just an extreme pace that the qualifying simulations were showing us. I shot for a 35.35 (seconds) in my mind for a lap time and ran a 35.347. I thought it would be good enough for the pole, but Logano just hit it perfectly."

Despite the high speeds, Busch said his ride was pretty smooth.

"When your car is good, it's very stable," Busch said. "When you run 203 mph, and you're kicking yourself a little bit like I am for just going in a little too light, that's just because the car was stable. So 203 mph is not a problem.

"That's what Dave Ferroni, my PR guy, asked. He said, 'Is that the fastest you've ever gone around a track in a stock car, average speed-wise?' And I said, 'Unbelievable. At 203 mph it didn't feel like it.'"

Mark Martin qualified fourth, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was seventh. Defending Cup champion Brad Keselowski was ninth.

Johnson has never won in 23 Cup races at Michigan.

"Of course we wanted to be a little bit better, but we had a very smooth and clean practice session made some good changes to the car and found speed as the session went on," Johnson said. "Came close to getting another pole during qualifying, so all in all just really good."

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