Carl Edwards posted a qualifying time of 110.268 seconds during NASCAR Sprint All-Star qualifying on Saturday to claim the pole for Saturday night’s All-Star race. It’s his second-straight pole in the event.
“My did a great job on pit road,” Edwards said. “The car was really fast.”
The qualifying format for the All-Star race called for drivers to make three timed laps, during which a four-tire pit stop was required. There was no speed limit on pit road.
“I wish we qualified like this every week,” Edwards said after climbing out of his car.
Edwards will be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch to lead the 22-car field.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahen all were among the first half of drivers to make their qualifying attempts, and by the time Busch went out for his qualifying run, HMS were in the top-three provisional starting spots. Busch, though, knocked them each down a notch to claim the provisional pole. After Busch completed his run, the fourth and final Hendrick driver, Jimmie Johnson, went out and claimed a spot with his teammates, at the time occupying positions two through five behind Busch.
Busch held the provisional pole for awhile, and Kevin Harvick soon also knocked the Hendrick brigade down another notch by claiming provisional second behind Busch. Edwards went out near the end of the session to take permanent ownership of the pole.
Harvick will start third, Gordon fourth, Johnson fifth, Earnhardt sixth, and Kahne seventh. Rounding out the top-10 will be Matt Kenseth, Sprint Showdown winner Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano.
A.J. Allmendinger, who advanced to the All-Star race with a second-place finish in Friday night’s Sprint Showdown will start 17th. Fan Vote winner Josh Wise will start 19th.