Kurt Busch sweeps Saturday practice at Michigan
June 15, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kurt Busch backed up his early Saturday practice dominance by topping the charts once again later in the day in the final Sprint Cup Series practice at Michigan International Speedway.
Busch, who will start alongside pole winner Carl Edwards on the front row in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400, ran 33 laps, but his first go-around on the two-mile circuit clocked in at 197.368 mph to best the field.
Kasey Kahne was right off Busch’s pace at 197.066, turning his ninth lap in 36.536 seconds. Kahne ran the most laps at 45.
Mark Martin’s fastest lap also came on his first time around the loop, his 196.073 mph best speed earning him third place on the speed chart. Points leader Jimmie Johnson (195.886, 36.756) and Edwards (195.721, 36.787) rounded out the top five.
Paul Menard, who will start the race fourth and was fourth in the morning practice, continued his hot start to the weekend by placing seventh on the leaderboard. Reigning Sprint Cup champion and Michigan native Brad Keselowski was 10th at 195.143, while defending race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 18th at 194.558.
Danica Patrick, who qualified 37th and had placed 37th and 38th in the first two practices, improved to 28th (193.273, 37.253) in the final session.