NASCAR

Vickers Wins Third Pole of Season

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 12: Brian Vickers, driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota, wins the pole award during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2009 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
David ScercyCorrespondent IJune 13, 2009

Toyotas shinned in qualifying Friday taking three of the top four spots for the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday.

Vickers emerged as the fastest, posting a lap of 189.110 mph. Rounding out the top 10 included Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, David Reutimann, Kurt Busch, A.J. Allmendinger, Juan Montoya, Kasay Kahne, Clint Bowyer, and John Andretti.

Vickers and the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota continues to show strong qualifying results on the racetrack. It’s on race days where the team hasn’t been able to finish off strong runs and convert them into wins. Vickers has one win in Sprint Cup competition, winning in Oct. 2006 at Talladega.

Although Toyota’s have unloaded fast at Michigan, expect fuel mileage to once again play into the outcome of the 400 mile race. Michigan has a steady long reputation for its long green flag runs and having races decided on fuel strategy.

Other Notes:

-Mike Skinner was the only driver not to make the field for Sunday’s race.

-Jeff Gordon posted a lap good enough for 27 Th fastest, but lost an engine in the first practice session prior to qualifying. The result of changing his engine means Gordon will start the race Sunday from the rear of the field.

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