Records Fall at MIS: NASCAR’s Fastest Track Breaks a Record

No. 4 Kevin Harvick record breaking pole at MIS 204

28 drivers broke the 200 MPH mark in Sprint Cup pole qualifying on Fast Friday at Michigan Speedway for the Quicken Loans 400.

Kevin Harvick captured the pole with a new track qualifying record lap of 204.557, shattering Joey Logano's previous lap record speed of 203.949 MPH.

21 drivers had broken the 200 MPH barrier in the lone practice session before pole qualifying, with Kasey Kahne clocking a 203.332 MPH lap.

Conditions were cool and windy with scattered, puffy clouds for the 3 segment qualifying session. Harvick was fastest in segment number one of knockout qualifying, with a record 203.995 MPH. Harvick was top quick in round two as well, at 202.988.

Then in the final segment of knockout qualifying, the no. 4 shattered the all-time NASCAR track record, and no one could keep up. It was the first time that NASCAR has used the knockout qualifying format at Michigan Speedway.

Jeff Gordon will start outside the front row, with Dale Earnhardt Jr qualifying third.

The 204.557 is the fastest qualifying speed in NASCAR since Bill Elliott ran over 212 MPH, back in the 1980s.

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