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Vickers again on pole in Michigan

NASCAR Sprint Cup CARFAX 400
Friday, August 14, 2009

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Toyota Red Bull Racing Team driver Brian Vickers continued the No. 83 team’s forward  momentum by winning his series-leading sixth pole of the season, and eleventh of  his NASCAR Sprint Cup career, by turning a lap of 38.453 seconds and 187.242 mph.  The pole marks Vickers’ third pole in a row at Michigan International Speedway.  June's Michigan winner Mark Martin will start outside the front row.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex, Jr. completed the first five qualifiers.

Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Joey Logano, Bill Elliott and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top 10.

“The car was decent in practice,” said Vickers, “but we made some changes to make the car better for qualifying – and it worked.  Turns one and two were fantastic; in turns three and four, I felt like I left a little on the table. I think we could have run an even faster lap.” 

Qualifying for the pole position is especially important at MIS because of the guarantee of pit stall number one.

“The first pit stall in Michigan is the closest of any pit stall on the circuit to the scoring line, the exit line,” explained Vickers.

“That is why teams put more emphasis on qualifying here.” “But you know, you never wish a good thing away, but I would probably give up every one of this season’s poles for a win.” 

And that is exactly the goal of Vickers and the No. 83 team – win the race on Sunday by capitalizing on their starting position at the front of the field. With four races to go before the cut off to make NASCAR’s Chase, Vickers sits in 14th position, 96 points out of 12th. n  “I feel good about the position we are in. We are less than one hundred points out and we’re headed upwards not downwards,” said Vickers.

“The momentum is going in the right direction. I think our chances are as good as anyone in that bubble area. For us, the target is in front of us and we know what we have to do and we just have to go do it.”

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 187.242 38.453 Leader
2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg's / Carquest 187.013 38.500 -0.047
3 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 186.819 38.540 -0.087
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 186.432 38.620 -0.167
5 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 186.263 38.655 -0.202
6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 186.157 38.677 -0.224
7 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 185.912 38.728 -0.275
8 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot 185.850 38.741 -0.288
9 21 Bill Elliott Ford Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 185.807 38.750 -0.297
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 185.783 38.755 -0.302
11 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 185.778 38.756 -0.303
12 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 185.730 38.766 -0.313
13 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Super 8 185.634 38.786 -0.333
14 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 185.577 38.798 -0.345
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 185.486 38.817 -0.364
16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 185.447 38.825 -0.372
17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch Tough Duct Tape 185.385 38.838 -0.385
18 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 185.309 38.854 -0.401
19 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 185.266 38.863 -0.410
20 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 185.057 38.907 -0.454
21 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 184.938 38.932 -0.479
22 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 184.871 38.946 -0.493
23 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 184.587 39.006 -0.553
24 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Moen 184.303 39.066 -0.613
25 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 184.186 39.091 -0.638
26 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 184.171 39.094 -0.641
27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 183.974 39.136 -0.683
28 09 Mike Bliss Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 183.941 39.143 -0.690
29 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Carfax 183.894 39.153 -0.700
30 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 183.753 39.183 -0.730
31 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 183.702 39.194 -0.741
32 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 183.496 39.238 -0.785
33 96 Bobby Labonte Ford DLP 183.290 39.282 -0.829
34 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 183.253 39.290 -0.837
35 98 Paul Menard Ford Moen / Menards 183.220 39.297 -0.844
36 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 183.173 39.307 -0.854
37 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 182.964 39.352 -0.899
38 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 182.866 39.373 -0.920
39 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 182.746 39.399 -0.946
40 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper 182.315 39.492 -1.039
41 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 182.274 39.501 -1.048
42 07 Casey Mears+ Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 181.616 39.644 -1.191
43 36 Mike Skinner Toyota Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich 181.708 39.624 -1.171
Did Not Qualify
44 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver's 181.484 39.673 -1.220

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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