Carl Edwards claims pole for Sprint All-Star Race

During pole qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, Carl Edwards claimed the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at the track with a time of 111.297 seconds. That time was the total time it took Edwards to run three laps, during which he hit pit road for a four-tire pit stop by his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing team. During qualifying for the All-Star Race, there was no speed limit on pit road, as only one car at a time was coming down pit road for service.

“You can go out there and drive the perfect lap and beat everyone by a tenth of a second or something, or you can be a tenth of a second off, and then your pit crew can come in and save the day and have that blistering stop,” Edwards said of the All-Star qualifying format. “They’re really as big of a part of it as the driver, so, to me, that’s neat.”

Edwards will be joined on the front row by Kurt Busch, who turned in a second-fastest qualifying time of 112.447 seconds. Edwards’ Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Greg Biffle, qualified third. Kyle Busch was fourth, and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five in qualifying.

Nineteen drivers already eligible to compete in the All-Star Race turned in qualifying times. Qualifying sixth through 19th were:

6. Clint Bowyer

7. Denny Hamlin

8. Mark Martin

9. Kasey Kahne

10. Jeff Gordon

11. Ryan Newman

12. Brad Keselowski

13. Tony Stewart

14. David Ragan

15. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

16. Matt Kenseth

17. Marcos Ambrose

18. Jimmie Johnson

19. Kevin Harvick.

Three additional drivers will compete in the Sprint All-Star Race. The top-two finishers in the Sprint Showdown, completed just prior to the All-Star Race, will advance to the main event and start 20th and 21st. The winner of a fan-vote on will also advance from the Sprint Showdown to the Sprint All-Star Race to claim the final starting spot.

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