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Vickers captures LifeLock 400 pole

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Brian Vickers captured the pole position for Sunday’s LifeLock 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway today with a speed of 189.110 miles per hour.

For Vickers, driving the No. 83 car, it was his second consecutive pole at MIS. He also captured the pole position for the 2008 August race at MIS.

“It was really a good lap -- it was faster than we put down last year (in winning the pole for the August MIS Sprint Cup race) and I didn’t think we were going to be able to beat what we ran last year,” Vickers said. “Last year was probably even a better lap.”

Kyle Busch was second fastest with a speed of 188.536, followed by three-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson in the Lowe’s Chevrolet at 188.299 mph.

“I thought it was a pretty good lap,” Kyle Busch said. “I figured it would get beat, but not by what we got beat by. Myself and Jimmie ran relatively close lap times and Vickers was up about a tenth of a second from me.”

It was Busch’s 11th top-10 start this year and his fifth in nine races at MIS.

Johnson blamed himself for his qualifying speed, saying “I, unfortunately, was a little too conservative in turns one and two and left some speed out there. I put the fact that we aren’t on the pole on my shoulders because the race car had it in it.”

Carl Edwards, considered one of the favorites to win Sunday’s race, qualified 29th, one position ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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