Carl Edwards was tenth in NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at Michigan International Speedway. He did not break the 200 MPH barrier but laid down a lap of 199.369 MPH.
Practice was business as usual for the Sprint Cup teams. The only issue was Tony Stewart brushed the wall in turn 2. His team pulled out a backup car. Tony was able to qualify the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 fourteenth.
Carl got an early draw for qualifying going out sixth but on a mostly sunny day at Michigan the early draw was a benefit.
Carl went out and ran a lap almost a full two MPH faster than the entire field of 202.452 MPH. Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch were the only drivers to come close to challenging that. Kasey will start third with a lap of 201.213 MPH and Kurt Busch fell short and will start second with a lap of 201.879 MPH.
Carl was short of Marcos Ambrose record lap of 203.241 MPH. Edwards said, “I don’t think that is as fast at Marcos Ambrose ran, but that is fast for me. I am happy with that lap. I don’t think I could go any faster if I ran it again.”
When asked if the race track aged had anything to do with his lap being slower Edwards said, “I don’t know if it has changed a lot. It seems like the track has aged a little bit which is going to be good. If the tires can fall off a little in the run it will be great. It is so fast. It is hard to describe what it feels like to go through the corner that fast in a 3,500 lb stock car. It feels like an IndyCar looks to me. I don’t know what those feel like but it stuck.”
Paul Menard will start the race fourth and Aric Almirola fifth.
Scott Riggs at 184.393 MPH was the slowest and he will not race on Sunday.
Carl Edwards is a two time winner at Michigan International Speedway and is hoping to make it three to tie his teammate Greg Biffle. Greg qualified a disappointing 19th. Carl Edwards is now qualified for the 2014 Sprint Unlimited. It is hard to believe with Carl’s stats at Michigan this is his first pole here.