Carl Edwards claims Watkins Glen pole
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
|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|
|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|
|17||41||Kurt Busch||Haas Automation / Monster Energy Chevrolet SS||124.585||70.795||–1.106|
|19||21||Ryan Blaney||Motocraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center||124.559||70.810||–1.121|
|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|
|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|
|35||83||Matt DiBenedetto||Dustless Blasting||122.624||71.927||–2.238|
|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|