Kurt Busch tops speed chart in early Cup practice
June 15, 2013, Staff Report, NASCAR.com
Pole-sitter Carl Edwards runs just behind
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- After each earning a front row starting position in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards remained dominant at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday morning in a practice session that saw the pair top the leaderboard yet again.
Busch once again topped 200 mph, pulling a best speed of 200.955, getting around the two-mile circuit in 35.829 seconds. Edwards, fresh off his first Coors Light Pole at perhaps his best track, was right behind him at 199.595. Jimmie Johnson (199.584), Paul Menard (198.933) and Mark Martin (198.818) rounded out the top-five.
Kasey Kahne, yesterday’s opening practice leader, was sixth with a speed of 198.747. Last year’s Michigan fall race winner Greg Biffle, driving for a Roush Fenway Racing team that has the most Sprint Cup wins (12) at this track, was seventh at 198.725.
Reigning Sprint Cup champion and Michigan native Brad Keselowski pulled in at 11th with a speed of 198.358. Defending race-winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th at 198.091. Marcos Ambrose, who set the qualifying record at 203.241 mph at this race last year, was 21st at 197.379. Austin Dillon, who will also be running the Nationwide Series race later today, put down the second most laps with 30 runs around the circuit. Johnson completed 36.