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Vickers Wins Michigan Pole

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) -- Brian Vickers has won the pole for
NASCAR's 3M Performance 400 on Sunday at the Michigan International
Speedway.

It's the fifth career pole for Vickers, but the first for his Red Bull racing team and his first since November 2006 at Texas, when he was still driving for Hendrick Motorsports.

Two-time reigning Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was second at 187.028. But his lap was more than three-tenths of a second slower
than Vickers on the 2-mile oval.

Elliott Sadler was third and followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s and four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon's Chevrolet. Sprint Cup points leader Kyle Busch will start 11th in Sunday's race.

Lineup:

1 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 188.536 38.189 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 187.028 38.497 -0.308
3 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 186.577 38.590 -0.401
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 186.321 38.643 -0.454
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 186.032 38.703 -0.514
6 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge Tow Truck in a Box 185.979 38.714 -0.525
7 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 185.907 38.729 -0.540
8 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 185.874 38.736 -0.547
9 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 185.821 38.747 -0.558
10 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Haas Automation 185.821 38.747 -0.558
11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 185.797 38.752 -0.563
12 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam 185.720 38.768 -0.579
13 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 185.682 38.776 -0.587
14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 185.672 38.778 -0.589
15 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 185.596 38.794 -0.605
16 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 185.452 38.824 -0.635
17 45 Terry Labonte Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 185.385 38.838 -0.649
18 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 185.309 38.854 -0.665
19 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 185.300 38.856 -0.667
20 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 185.238 38.869 -0.680
21 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 185.152 38.887 -0.698
22 00 Mike Skinner Toyota Champion Mortgage 185.109 38.896 -0.707
23 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 184.648 38.993 -0.804
24 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 184.639 38.995 -0.806
25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Cub Cadet 184.634 38.996 -0.807
26 28 Travis Kvapil Ford CARFAX 184.596 39.004 -0.815
27 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 184.417 39.042 -0.853
28 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 184.355 39.055 -0.866
29 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg's / CARQUEST 184.270 39.073 -0.884
30 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet Haas Automation 184.242 39.079 -0.890
31 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 184.171 39.094 -0.905
32 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 184.134 39.102 -0.913
33 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 184.030 39.124 -0.935
34 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 183.955 39.140 -0.951
35 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 183.505 39.236 -1.047
36 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Moen / Menards 183.505 39.236 -1.047
37 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 183.491 39.239 -1.050
38 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 183.313 39.277 -1.088
39 21 Marcos Ambrose Ford Little Debbie 183.155 39.311 -1.122
40 38 David Gilliland Ford CitiFinancial 183.025 39.339 -1.150
41 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 183.001 39.344 -1.155
42 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 182.913 39.363 -1.174
43 96 Brad Coleman Toyota DLP HDTV 182.030 39.554 -1.365

Did Not Qualify
44 08 Johnny Sauter Dodge getFUBAR.com 181.474 39.675 -1.486


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