BV: Pole Man at Michigan
Brian Vickers knew his car was stout — like pole-winning stout — as soon as he took to the 2-mile surface Friday at Michigan International Speedway.
“Sometimes when you unload,” he said, “you just got it.”
The No. 83 Red Bull Toyota had it, and then some.
Brian took the pole position for Sunday’s 3M Performance 400, turning a lap at 188.536 mph (38.189 seconds) to earn Red Bull Racing Team’s first pole in only its second year of Sprint Cup competition. The pole was the fifth of Brian’s Cup career and guarantees him a spot in February’s Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
The No. 83 was also fastest in afternoon practice, more than two-tenths of second ahead of the competition.
“I’m really proud of everybody,” Brian said. “The car was just awesome — just really happy with it right out of the gate. It handled well. It had good grip. Sometimes you just hit it. You don’t really know why.”
Teammate AJ Allmendinger, safely in the top 35 for the first time in his Sprint Cup career, qualified the No. 84 in the 33rd position (184.030 mph).