Red Bull Racing Team driver Brian Vickers continued the No. 83 team’s forward  momentum by winning his series-leading sixth pole of the season, and eleventh of his NASCAR Sprint Cup career, by turning a lap of 38.453 seconds and 187.242 mph.  The pole marks Vickers’ third pole in a row at Michigan International Speedway.   “The car was decent in practice,” said Vickers, “but we made some changes tomake the car better for qualifying – and it worked.  Turns one and two were fantastic; in turns three and four, I felt like I left a little on the table. I think we could have run an even faster lap.” 
 
Qualifying for the pole position is especially important at MIS because of the guarantee of pit stall number one.
 
“The first pit stall in Michigan is the closest of any pit stall on the circuit to the scoring line, the exit line,” explained Vickers. “That is why teams put more emphasis on qualifying here.”
 
“But you know, you never wish a good thing away, but I would probably give up every one of this season’s poles for a win.” 
 
And that is exactly the goal of Vickers and the No. 83 team – win the race on Sunday by capitalizing on their starting position at the front of the field.
 
With four races to go before the cut off to make NASCAR’s Chase, Vickers sits in14th position, 96 points out of 12th.

 
“I feel good about the position we are in. We are less than one hundred points out and we’re headed upwards not downwards,” said Vickers. “The momentum is going in the right direction. I think our chances are as good as anyone in that bubble area. For us, the target is in front of us and we know what we have to do and we just have to go do it.”
 
Teammate Scott Speed drove his No. 82 Red Bull Toyota to an 11th place starting position for Sunday’s race. Speed ran a quick lap of 38.756 seconds and 185.778 mph.


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