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NASCAR starting lineup at Michigan: Joey Logano claims pole as Fords dominate qualifying

Sporting News — (Arthur Weinstein)

Joey Logano claimed the pole for the Sunday's NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, and he'll have plenty of company from fellow Ford drivers up front.

Fellow Ford driver Aric Almirola will start on the front row beside Logano, and Fords grabbed five of the top six positions and eight of the top 10 spots in qualifying Saturday for the FireKeepers Casino 400. 

That gives the manufacturer bragging rights at the track located about an hour west of Detroit. Every manufacturer wants to do well at Michigan, something Ford executive Edsel Ford II outlined in a dinner with Ford drivers this week.

"We went to dinner the other night with Edsel, and he told us how important it was to have a victory here," Logano told FS1 afterward.

Now, Logano, Almirola, Kevin Harvick – who qualified third – and the other Ford drivers will have to get the job done Sunday. Starting up front definitely helps.

"It's such a huge advantage to be on the front row here at Michigan," Logano said, after winning his second pole of the season and the 22nd of his career.

The only non-Ford drivers in the top 10 are Denny Hamlin (Toyota) fourth and Kurt Busch (Chevrolet) seventh.

Race time is 2 p.m. Sunday.

FireKeepers Casino 400 starting lineup

Starting    Driver  Car  
No. 1Joey Logano22
No. 2Aric Almirola10
No. 3Kevin Harvick4
No. 4Denny Hamlin11
No. 5Clint Bowyer14
No. 6Paul Menard21
No. 7Kurt Busch1
No. 8Brad Keselowski2
No. 9Daniel Suarez41
No. 10Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17
No. 11Daniel Hemric8
No. 12Austin Dillon3
No. 13Ryan Blaney12
No. 14Erik Jones20
No. 15Kyle Busch18
No. 16 Martin Truex Jr.19
No. 17Chase Elliott9
No. 18Ryan Newman6
No. 19 Jimmie Johnson48
No. 20Alex Bowman88
No. 21William Byron24
No. 22Kyle Larson42
No. 23Michael McDowell34
No. 24David Ragan38
No. 25Ty Dillon13
No. 26 Matt Tifft36
No. 27Bubba Wallace43
No. 28 Ryan Preece47
No. 29 Matt DiBenedetto95
No. 30Landon Cassill00
No. 31Chris Buescher37
No. 32Corey LaJoie32
No. 33 Kyle Weatherman51
No. 34Josh Bilicki52
No. 35Quin Houff77
No. 36Garrett Smithley15

What time does the FireKeepers Casino 400 start?

The FireKeepers Casino 400 will take place Sunday, June 9. Live coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET.

What channel is the FireKeepers Casino 400 on?

The FireKeepers Casino 400 will be televised on FS1. The race can also be live-streamed on the Fox Sports Go App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.