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Kurt Busch makes it three poles in a row

NASCAR Sprint Cup at Michigan
Saturday, June 18, 2011

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Kurt Busch in his No. 22 Penske Dodge streaked around Michigan International Speedway in 38.156 seconds (188.699 mph) on Saturday, to win the pole for Sunday's Heluva Good! 400 Sprint Cup Series race at the 2-mile track.

The pole was the third in a row for Busch, who also won poles at Kansas and Pocono this month, and the 15th of his career. It was also the fourth consecutive pole for Penske Racing -- Brad Keselowski started the streak at Charlotte in May.

Busch nipped David Reutimann (188.684 mph) by 0.003 seconds for the top starting spot in Sunday's race. Matt Kenseth (188.620 mph) qualified third, followed by Brian Vickers (188.157 mph) and Regan Smith (187.607 mph).

Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne, Paul Menard and Denny Hamlin will start from positions six through 10, respectively. Trevor Bayne qualified 17th for his first Cup race since being sidelined by illness after the April 17 event at Talladega.

Tony Raines, Brian Keselowski and Mike Skinner failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 188.699 38.156 Leader
2 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 188.684 38.159 -0.003
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 188.620 38.172 -0.016
4 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 188.157 38.266 -0.110
5 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 187.607 38.378 -0.222
6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 187.578 38.384 -0.228
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford American Red Cross 187.554 38.389 -0.233
8 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 187.534 38.393 -0.237
9 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 187.485 38.403 -0.247
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 187.436 38.413 -0.257
11 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 187.393 38.422 -0.266
12 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 187.232 38.455 -0.299
13 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 236th Birthday / Bud Moore NASCAR Hall of Fame 187.227 38.456 -0.300
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 187.154 38.471 -0.315
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 187.130 38.476 -0.320
16 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota RainEater / Advance Auto Parts 187.062 38.490 -0.334
17 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 187.032 38.496 -0.340
18 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 187.023 38.498 -0.342
19 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 186.969 38.509 -0.353
20 6 David Ragan Ford UPS "We Love Logistics" 186.732 38.558 -0.402
21 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 186.669 38.571 -0.415
22 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 186.669 38.571 -0.415
23 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 186.601 38.585 -0.429
24 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 186.567 38.592 -0.436
25 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet "Cars 2" 186.553 38.595 -0.439
26 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 186.509 38.604 -0.448
27 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 186.403 38.626 -0.470
28 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Fellowship of Christian Athletes 186.220 38.664 -0.508
29 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 185.821 38.747 -0.591
30 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 185.749 38.762 -0.606
31 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 185.711 38.770 -0.614
32 30 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 185.644 38.784 -0.628
33 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 185.553 38.803 -0.647
34 46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Red Line Oil 185.304 38.855 -0.699
35 32 Mike Bliss Ford blu Cigs 185.252 38.866 -0.710
36 71 Andy Lally* Ford TRG Motorsports 184.777 38.966 -0.810
37 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 184.686 38.985 -0.829
38 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 184.573 39.009 -0.853
39 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 184.544 39.015 -0.859
40 34 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 184.440 39.037 -0.881
41 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 184.176 39.093 -0.937
42 36 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet Golden Corral 182.662 39.417 -1.261
43 181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet WhitneysCollision.com 183.781 39.177 -1.021
. . Did Not Qualify . . . . .
44 37 Tony Raines Ford Front Row Motorsports 183.744 39.185 -1.029
45 192 Brian Keselowski* Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 182.463 39.460 -1.304
46 60 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 181.538 39.661 -1.505

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