Carl Edwards claims Watkins Glen pole

Edwards with his fourth pole of 2016

Edwards with his fourth pole of 2016

Carl Edwards has swept both road course poles in the NASCAR Sprint Cup with the fastest time in qualifying at Watkins Glen.

Edwards’ time of 1:09.689 was 0.182 seconds better than Kyle Larson ahead of the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen.

It was also Edwards’ fourth pole of the season and 20th of his career.

“I think (Sunday) is going to be a little bit of an adventure,” said Edwards.

“The new pavement, nobody knows how that’s going to go along deep into the runs with tyre build-up. I think the braking zones are pretty tough, and it’s going to be nice and warm.

“So, just got to stay upfront, can’t make any mistakes. I love road races. They’re so much fun.

“I got to talk to Boris Said, who’s basically my road racing coach to start, so that was cool today.

“Hopefully, tonight I’ll get me some good rest and hopefully be very competitive tomorrow.”

Tony Stewart qualified third followed by Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, giving Joe Gibbs Racing three in the top five.

“My teammates, they’re really fast,” said Edwards.

“Kyle (Busch) is really fast and Martin (Truex Jr. of affiliated Furniture Row Racing) is really fast.

“We’ve got to work a little bit in race trim, but we’re starting up front, and we’ve got a great pit crew, and hopefully we can put (the car) in Victory Lane.”

Truex Jr. will start 14th after his fast lap was ruined by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who on his out lap got in the way of the Toyota driver.

Truex then on his cool down lap was less than helpful for Stenhouse on his fast run. The Ford driver will start 30th.

Other notables were Jeff Gordon in 21st and road racing specialist AJ Allmendinger in ninth.

QUALIFYING: Cheez-It 355 at the Glen – Watkins Glen International

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME GAP
1 19 Carl Edwards Stanley 126.562 69.689 Leader
2 42 Kyle Larson Target 126.233 69.871 –0.182
3 14 Tony Stewart Haas Automation Chevrolet SS 126.177 69.902 –0.213
4 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 126.104 69.942 –0.253
5 18 Kyle Busch Snickers Crisper 126.099 69.945 –0.256
6 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight 126.002 69.999 –0.310
7 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 125.924 70.042 –0.353
8 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar 125.831 70.094 –0.405
9 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger / Kingsford 125.623 70.210 –0.521
10 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 125.536 70.259 –0.570
11 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial 125.370 70.352 –0.663
12 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 124.981 70.571 –0.882
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s / Jimmie Johnson Foundation 124.981 70.571 –0.882
14 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row 124.968 70.578 –0.889
15 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Beer Chevrolet SS 124.837 70.652 –0.963
16 24 Chase Elliott SunEnergy1 124.670 70.747 –1.058
17 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation / Monster Energy Chevrolet SS 124.585 70.795 –1.106
18 3 Austin Dillon Dow 124.569 70.804 –1.115
19 21 Ryan Blaney Motocraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center 124.559 70.810 –1.121
20 13 Casey Mears GEICO 124.532 70.825 –1.136
21 88 Jeff Gordon Axalta 124.460 70.866 –1.177
22 98 Cole Whitt RticCoolers.com 124.269 70.975 –1.286
23 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips 124.248 70.987 –1.298
24 16 Greg Biffle Cheez-It Ford Fusion 124.159 71.038 –1.349
25 34 Chris Buescher CSX – Play it Safe 124.120 71.060 –1.371
26 23 David Ragan Dr. Pepper 123.842 71.220 –1.531
27 44 Brian Scott Shaw’s Supermarkets Ford 123.633 71.340 –1.651
28 15 Clint Bowyer PEAK 123.464 71.438 –1.749
29 7 Regan Smith APC Chevrolet 123.455 71.443 –1.754
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion 123.446 71.448 –1.759
31 10 Danica Patrick Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS 123.389 71.481 –1.792
32 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Spark Ford Fusion 123.353 71.502 –1.813
33 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards 123.157 71.616 –1.927
34 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 123.110 71.643 –1.954
35 83 Matt DiBenedetto Dustless Blasting 122.624 71.927 –2.238
36 55 Alex Kennedy TBD 122.193 72.181 –2.492
37 32 Boris Said Genesee Beer 122.157 72.202 –2.513
38 46 Michael Annett St. Jude Iowa Tournament of Hope 121.202 72.771 –3.082
39 30 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 119.246 73.965 –4.276
40 38 Landon Cassill MDS Transport 0.000 0.000 -69.689

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