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BROOKLYN, Mich. – Brad Keselowski was asked to pick one word to describe a lap at Michigan International Speedway.

“Fast,” the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion said. “This is, to me, the fastest track we have — and it might be in speed, but it definitely is in feel.”

MIS is in its second year with a newly paved surface, and drivers are again making 200 mph laps look almost routine.

Carl Edwards topped Sprint Cup qualifying Friday with a 202.452 mph lap and will start Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 from the pole.

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Kurt Busch was second in qualifying at 201.879 mph and Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw was third at 201.213.

Thirteen drivers qualified with speeds of 200 mph-plus, although nobody could surpass last year’s track record of 203.241 set by Marcos Ambrose.

“To come as close as Carl came today, Kurt was right there and then we were behind him — to come as close as those guys did to the qualifying record, that shows how fast the car is here,” Kahne said. “The race, the speeds will be up for sure.”

Edwards said, “The new track is super fun to race on. The pavement seems like it has aged more in a year than a lot of new track surfaces have, and hopefully we can keep developing a Goodyear tire and keep making it softer and softer to where it becomes the old Michigan here in a year or two.”


Marco Andretti earned the pole for Saturday’s Milwaukee IndyFest race, an IndyCar Series event in West Allis, Wis.