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Driver Carl Edwards holds the pole-sitter flag after qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Michigan International Speedway, Friday, in Brooklyn, Mich.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Carl Edwards topped qualifying for the first time this season with a lap of 202.452 mph at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.
Edwards was given the pole in May at Talladega as well, but that was because qualifying was rained out and the field was set by practice speeds. He's second in the Sprint Cup standings.
Kurt Busch was second in qualifying, followed by Kasey Kahne. Points leader Jimmie Johnson was 17th.
Edwards started second last weekend at Pocono, but finished 18th.
Parnelli Jones hit hard by Jason Leffler's death
An emotional Parnelli Jones fondly recalled Jason Leffler's rise from a volunteer in Jones' race shop to a championship-caliber driver.
Leffler, a native of Long Beach, Calif., died Wednesday night from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash in New Jersey. He was 37.
An avid Jones fan, Leffler considered the 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner his mentor dating back to his teenage years when he was working in the Torrance, Calif., shop alongside Jones' sons, Page and PJ.
"Jason was one of the nicest, most positive people I have ever been around," Jones said Friday by phone from California. "But that all changed when he got into a race car - his desire to succeed and do well, win was enormous. He was a competitor. He was a charger. Looking back now, he even had more fight and desire than I thought. Desire is a word that describes him well."
Hendrick: Keselowski should show 'more class'
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Rick Hendrick defended his team's hiring approach Friday and said Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski should show "more class" after accusing Hendrick Motorsports of stealing information by poaching employees from Ford teams.
"Brad misrepresents the facts and spends a lot of time making insinuations and accusations about other teams when he should be focused on his own program and competing at a high level," Hendrick said in a statement. "I hope he figures that out and begins representing himself and the sport with more class."
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