Carl Edwards Speeds To Michigan Pole
Carl Edwards won the pole on Friday for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
Edwards, driving a Roush Fenway Racing Ford, laid down a lap at 202.564 mph.
“We’ve been working very hard and trying to turn the corner with these Ford Fusions to make them faster,” Edwards said. “I just cannot wait to race this race car.
“There isn’t a faster car on the track than our car and to us that’s a big deal.”
Second fastest was Kurt Busch of Furniture Row Racing. Busch’s lap was at 201.879 mph.
For Busch it marks his fourth time on the front row since Texas on April 13. He was second at Texas, first at Darlington and second at Charlotte.
Third was Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne.
Filling out the top five were Paul Menard of Richard Childress Racing and Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports.
Edwards nearly wasn’t able to make his qualifying run. An hour or so before qualifying, he drove his rental car to a nearby school to get in a run at the school’s track. When he was done, he discovered he had locked his keys in the car.
He had to call his PR man to come to help him get the car open. He arrived at MIS with 10 minutes to spare.
“I would rather not say exactly where we got the keys out, I mean I don’t want to call the guy out,” he said of the PR man. “I mean he did use a crowbar to break into the car. I didn’t ask him now he knew how to do that so well.”
When it was suggest to Edwards that is almost impossible to lock keys in modern cars, he said, “That is what I thought too. It even had the little pad on the side but the rental car company did not know the code to get in it. They didn’t have a spare key either. So I was kinda stuck. I am just furthering the belief that drivers can’t take care of themselves. I have people coming to help me all the time, so that isn’t good.”
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