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Carl Edwards Flies to Pole Position at Michigan

June 14th, 2013 at 5:22 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

It's been 49 races since Carl Edwards sat on a pole but that all ended on Friday when Edwards set a blistering lap of 202.452 mph during qualifying for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The lap was good enough for Edwards to sit on his 12th career pole and he will lead the field to green on Sunday. 

'IMG_4482' photo (c) 2012, Parker Anderson - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Alongside Edwards will be Kurt Busch. Busch on the front row for the fourth time in the 2013 season. Starting third is Kasey Kahne, the highest Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Paul Menard will roll off from the fourth position. Starting fifth is Aric Almirola in his Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, with Joey Logano starting sixth and Austin Dillon will start seventh. Dillon is running a fourth Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet this weekend. Starting in the eighth position is Matt Kenseth, the fastest Toyota on Friday. Starting ninth is Kyle Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya rounds out the top ten. 

Denny Hamlin will start 11th, Dale Earnhardt Jr starts 12th, Martin Truex Jr 13th and Tony Stewart starts 14th. Rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr starts 15th with Brad Keselowski 16th and Jimmie Johnson 17th. Jeff Burton starts 18th, Greg Biffle 19th and 2000 series champion Bobby Labonte starts 20th. It's Labonte's best starting position of the season and he is running James Finch's #51 Chevrolet this weekend.

Other notables in the field include, Kevin Harvick in 21st, Mark Martin in 22nd, Marcos Ambrose 23rd, Clint Bowyer 27th and Jeff Gordon in 29th. Ryan Newman starts 35th and Danica Patrick will start 37th. 

There were 44 cars entered for 43 spots for the Quicken Loans 400, which means one car missed the field. That was Scott Riggs in the #44 Xxxtreme Motorsports Ford. Riggs ran a lap at 184 mph nearly 18 mph off the pole speed. 

The Quicken Loans 400 starts at 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday on TNT. 

Tags: Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, michigan international speedway, Motorsports, Quicken Loans 400

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