Back-to-back poles for Edwards

Edwards will start from pole at NASCAR's coliseum

Edwards will start from pole at NASCAR’s coliseum

Carl Edwards is on a mission to score his first race win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season with his second-straight pole of the year coming at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Edwards took his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to the top of the speed charts with a lap at 205.991 km/h (127.997 mph) on the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile’.

“Just awesome,” said the three-time Bristol winner.

“This place is really complicated and my guys did a good job making the car drive well on all different segments.”

In further good news for the JGR operation, teammate and defending race winner Matt Kenseth will start alongside him in Sunday’s Food City 500.

Sitting behind was Joey Logano, followed by the rest of the Gibbs Toyotas with Denny Hamlin edging Kyle Busch.

The only major incident in the qualifying sessions came when Tony Stewart’s replacement for this event, Ty Dillon, spun in Turn 2 and collected Landon Cassill. Dillon will start 34th, while Cassill qualified 28th.

QUALIFYING: Food City 500 – Bristol Motor Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH  TIME BEHIND
1 19 Carl Edwards COMCAST BUSINESS 127.997 14.991 Leader
2 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 127.419 15.059 –0.068
3 22 Joey Logano AutoTrader 127.191 15.086 –0.095
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight 126.804 15.132 –0.141
5 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s 126.553 15.162 –0.171
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s 126.461 15.173 –0.182
7 4 Kevin Harvick Ditech 126.112 15.215 –0.224
8 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row 126.021 15.226 –0.235
9 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush’s Beans 125.815 15.251 –0.260
10 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 125.815 15.251 –0.260
11 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips 125.732 15.261 –0.270
12 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 125.691 15.266 –0.275
13 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s 125.486 15.291 –0.300
14 27 Paul Menard Tarkett / Menards 125.461 15.294 –0.303
15 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops / Ranger Boats 125.436 15.297 –0.306
16 13 Casey Mears GEICO 125.420 15.299 –0.308
17 31 Ryan Newman WIX 125.354 15.307 –0.316
18 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center 125.330 15.310 –0.319
19 24 Chase Elliott Kelley Blue Book 125.134 15.334 –0.343
20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide 125.052 15.344 –0.353
21 34 Chris Buescher Love’s Travel Stops 124.995 15.351 –0.360
22 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 124.979 15.353 –0.362
23 16 Greg Biffle Roush Performance Ford Fusion 124.597 15.400 –0.409
24 23 David Ragan Dr. Pepper 124.460 15.417 –0.426
25 42 Kyle Larson Target 126.021 15.226 –0.235
26 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation / Monster Energy 125.831 15.249 –0.258
27 44 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 125.773 15.256 –0.265
28 38 Landon Cassill Snap Fitness 125.675 15.268 –0.277
29 7 Regan Smith APC Chevrolet 125.642 15.272 –0.281
30 83 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo Motors 125.592 15.278 –0.287
31 95 Michael McDowell KLove Radio Chevrolet SS 125.281 15.316 –0.325
32 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Zest Ford Fusion 125.207 15.325 –0.334
33 10 Danica Patrick Nature’s Bakery 125.003 15.350 –0.359
34 14 Ty Dillon Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats 124.379 15.427 –0.436
35 30 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 124.242 15.444 –0.453
36 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy 124.146 15.456 –0.465
37 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt KEEN PARTS/VISONE RV 123.308 15.561 –0.570
38 55 Reed Sorenson ChampionMachinery.com 123.245 15.569 –0.578
39 98 Cole Whitt TBA 122.803 15.625 –0.634
40 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 122.263 15.694 –0.703

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