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Another New Record In NASCAR – Johnson Wrecks In Practice

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Joey Logano set a new track record in qualifying on Friday for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The pole is the first of 2013 for Logano and the sixth of his career.

The high speeds of NASCAR’s new Gen-6 race car continue as this is the 13th track record that has been broken so far this season. Michigan is one of the fastest tracks for NASCAR, as Logano’s speed of 203.949 mph is the 9th fastest pole winning speed ever recorded in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at any speedway anywhere.

In final practice on Saturday, Jimmie Johnson spun out in turn 3 and crashed into the wall forcing the No. 48 team to bring out a backup car. Johnson was able to get some practice time in the backup car but was only 18th fastest with it. He had been the fastest overall during practice in his primary car. Johnson qualified third but will now have to start the race from the rear of the field in the backup car.

Kurt Busch is on the outside pole with Mark Martin qualifying fourth fast and Jeff Burton rounding out the top five starters. Austin Dillon is driving Tony Stewart’s No. 14 this weekend. He qualified 27th, but was 6th fastest in the final practice session.

Here is the complete starting lineup.

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