Bob Brodbeck Associated Press Carl Edwards, shaking hands with car owner Jack Roush on Friday, had reason to smile after leading a 200-mph blitz on fast Michigan International Speedway with a pole-winning lap at 202.452 mph.

Edwards, 12 more break 200 at MIS

Published: Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013 - 8:46 am

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Brad Keselowski was asked to pick one word to describe a lap at Michigan International Speedway.

"Fast," the defending Sprint Cup champion said. "This is, to me, the fastest track we have – and it might be in speed, but it definitely is in feel."

MIS is in its second year with a newly paved surface, and drivers are again making 200-mph laps look almost routine. On Friday, Carl Edwards topped qualifying for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 with a lap at 202.452 mph.

That run came a year after Marcos Ambrose won the pole at 203.241 mph – the first time since 1987 the 200-mph mark was broken in qualifying for NASCAR's top series.

"The new track is super fun to race on," said Edwards, who topped qualifying for the first time this season. "The pavement seems like it has aged more in a year than a lot of new track surfaces have, and hopefully we can keep developing a Goodyear tire and keep making it softer and softer to where it becomes the old Michigan here in a year or two. That is going to be awesome."

Kurt Busch was second in qualifying, followed by Kasey Kahne. Points leader Jimmie Johnson was 17th, one spot behind Keselowski.

Edwards started second last weekend at Pocono but finished 18th. Now, his No. 99 Ford looks capable of a big weekend.

"The engine is a big part of it, and (Friday) the engine group came through huge," Edwards said. "You can't hide a bad engine out there on that racetrack. That is a big racetrack where big power means something. There (was) not a faster car in the place than our car (Friday), and that is a big deal."

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won at MIS last June to snap a streak of 143 Cup races without a victory, qualified 12th.

Thirteen drivers qualified with speeds of more than 200 mph, although nobody could eclipse Ambrose's mark.

ARCA in Brooklyn, Mich. – Brennan Poole held off pole-sitter Ryan Blaney to win the Patriot Pumps 200. Poole led only the last 12 laps of the 200-mile, 100-lap race.

IndyCar in West Allis, Wis. – Penske Racing's Will Power wedged himself between four Andretti Autosport cars to prevent a sweep in qualifying for the Milwaukee IndyFest.

When the field goes green for the 250-mile event today, it will be Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe in the front row, followed by Power and Andretti drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, the defending race winner, and E.J. Viso.

Asked about the Andretti domination, Hinchcliffe had an entertaining answer.

"Pixie dust," he said. "We were cleaning out the attic at the shop and came upon this little bag, and we spread the dust over all the cars."

Andretti won the pole with a two-lap average of 170.515 mph around the mile oval. He beat Hinchcliffe's 170.418.

"That's as good as I could have done," said Andretti, who scoured the qualifying order after his lap. "I'm dying to see who is out there who can beat me."

NHRA in Bristol, Tenn. – Del Worsham broke Bristol Dragway's Funny Car time record with a 4.008-second run in qualifying for the Thunder Valley Nationals.

It was the quickest run in Worsham's career and the best Funny Car time this season. He reached 314.83 mph in his Toyota Camry.

Jack Beckman was second at 4.012 seconds and 317.05 mph, breaking the track speed record in a Dodge Charger.

Spencer Massey led the Top Fuel field, and points leader Mike Edwards topped Pro Stock, both breaking track and time and speed records. Massey had a 3.775 run at 326.79 mph, and Edwards went 6.645 at 207.72 in a Chevy Camaro.

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