Vickers takes the pole

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series held qualifying for the Carfax 400 on Friday and Brian Vickers picked up his sixth pole of the season.

The Carfax 400 takes place Sunday, Aug. 16 from Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., and after qualifying fourth, Jimmie Johnson remains the pre-race favorite.

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Johnson is a 4/1 favorite to win the race according to oddsmakers at the online sportsbook SPORTSBETTING. Other short odds to win are Mark Martin (5/1), Carl Edwards (7/1), Tony Stewart (9/1), Greg Biffle (10/1), and Vickers (10/1).

Johnson has not won at MIS, but will start fourth on Sunday. Johnson has finished 13th or better in his last seven races. Johnson has three wins on the season, which ranks third amongst all drivers.

Martin had four wins in 2009, which ties him with Stewart for most of any driver. Martin qualified second and has won at MIS three times.

Edwards is the defending champion at MIS, winning the 3M Performance 400 last year in Brooklyn. Edwards will start 32nd on Sunday.

Stewart has 10-straight top 10 finishes, including a win on Monday at Watkins Glen for his fourth win of the season. Stewart is ahead in the points standings by 260 points over Johnson. Stewart qualified 18th for Sunday’s race.

Biffle will start 17th on Sunday while the pole sitter, Vickers, had the best qualifying time with a speed of 187.242 miles per-hour.

The Carfax 400 will take place Sunday, Aug. 16 from Michigan International Speedway at 1 p.m. ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Carfax 400 – 2009 Carfax 400 Michigan International Speedway – Aug. 16, 2009

Jimmie Johnson 4/1    

Mark Martin 5/1    

Carl Edwards 7/1    

Tony Stewart 9/1    

Greg Biffle 10/1    

Brian Vickers 10/1    

Kyle Busch 12/1    

Denny Hamlin 12/1    

Jeff Gordon 12/1    

Kurt Busch 12/1    

Kasey Kahne 15/1    

Juan Pablo Montoya 15/1    

Ryan Newman 20/1    

Clint Bowyer 20/1    

Dale Earnhardt Jr 20/1    

Matt Kenseth 25/1    

Martin Truex Jr 30/1    

Kevin Harvick 30/1    

David Reutimann  40/1    

Joey Logano 40/1    

Jamie McMurray 70/1    

Elliott Sadler 70/1    

David Stremme 70/1    

David Ragan 70/1    

Casey Mears 70/1    

Bobby Labonte 70/1    

AJ Allmendinger 70/1    

Brad Keselowski 70/1    

Sam Hornish Jr 70/1    

Reed Sorenson 70/1    

Michael Waltrip 70/1    

Jeff Burton 70/1    

Scott Speed 70/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 40/1      

2009 Carfax 400 Information

Race Date: Sunday, Aug. 16

Location: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.

Pre-Race: 1:00 PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 2:16 p.m.

TV Coverage: ESPN

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (200 laps)

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Posted: 8/14/09 8:17PM ET

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