Just as many had predicted, a series of brief storms interrupted the NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 at the Michigan International Speedway on Sunday before it could even begin.
Engines have fired @MISpeedway. Today's #QL400 will be 400 miles and 200 laps #NASCAR— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 17, 2012
Originally scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. ET, the drizzly weather forced more than a two-hour delay as workers tirelessly worked to jet dry the track to keep conditions manageable. Marcos Ambrose will open the 200-lap, 400-mile race in the pole after posting the fastest qualifying lap in 25 years at 203.241 miles per hour.
Behind the pole-sitter Ambrose is Kevin Harvick in the No. 2 spot, Greg Biffle at No. 3, Kasey Kahne at No. 4 and Ryan Newman to round out the top five. With record speeds expected for the race, the slightly-adjusted tires introduced on Sunday are expected to help keep things as safe as possible on a track that has already seen blistering trial run speeds.
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