Carl Edwards Captures The Pole For Saturday’s Duck Commander 500

Carl Edwards Captures The Pole For Saturday’s Duck Commander 500

by April 8, 2016 0 comments

FORT WORTH, Tex. – Carl Edwards captured his second Coors Light Pole Award at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday.

Edwards, driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Stanley Toyota will bring the field down for the Duck Commander 500 on Saturday night after running a lap of 27.748 seconds at 194.609 mph in qualifying. The pole is Edwards’ 17th of his career. The three-time Texas Motor Speedway winner was 21st fastest in practice that followed qualifying.

“I like it here, I really enjoy Texas,” Edwards said. “I have a lot of friends here. This is a fun place to race. The tire, I don’t know what the other guys feel, the tire and downforce package for me lets me feel like I can go into the corner and move around and feel the tire underneath me. Even in qualifying, there were times when I got a little sideways and it slid a little bit and I could recover and that’s really fun as a race car driver. Hopefully the race goes well. We have some practice later. I just cannot thank my guys on this Stanley Tools Camry enough, they are unbelievable.”

Starting second in Saturday’s Duck Commander 500 will be Team Penske’s Joey Logano. The runner-up effort is his sixth top-10 starting spot of the season. In 16 races as Texas Motor Speedway, Logano has started inside the top-10 in half of them. Loagno was third in opening Practice on Friday.

“It wasn’t enough, but, overall, I’m proud of the effort,” Logano said. “I felt like going to sleep last night that we had a car that could quite possibly be on the pole today. We came close. Every round we were definitely pretty fast and we were really good in one and two the first two rounds, and three and four we lost quite a bit of speed to the 19. The last run was the complete opposite.  I went into one and two and it didn’t turn like it was, and then we fixed the car in three and four to where it did what it needed to do down there. I just kind of flip-flopped the last round.”

Martin Truex Jr. will start third on Saturday night. He has three top-10 starts at the speedway, and the effort marks his fourth of the 2016 season. Following qualifying, Truex Jr. was the fastest in opening practice.

“It was a good run for us,” Truex Jr. said. “I guess we’re tied for second, which means we’ll start third. All in all, happy with that. Proud of the guys for bringing a good Bass Pro Shops Camry this weekend and we’ll just see what happens. Feeling good about it. We missed it a little bit from yesterday, I thought we were really good yesterday and the track was a little faster today and moved on us a little bit. I felt like we had a shot at the pole today, but the 19 (Carl Edwards) put a heck of a lap down, so proud for him.”

Rookie, Chase Elliott will start fourth, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start fifth. Roundign out the top-10 is Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth and Austin Dillon.

The Duck Commander 500 will broadcast live on FOX and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night.

Duck Commander 500 Starting Lineup:

1.) #19 Carl Edwards

2.) #22 Joey Logano

3.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.

4.) #24 Chase Elliott

5.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

6.) #11 Denny Hamlin

7.) #21 Ryan Blaney

8.) #2 Brad Keselowski

9.) #20 Matt Kenseth

10.) #3 Austin Dillon

11.) #48 Jimmie Johnson

12.) #6 Trevor Bayne

13.) #14 Brian Vickers

14.) #16 Greg Biffle

15.) #18 Kyle Busch

16.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

17.) #5 Kasey Mears

18.) #1 Jamie McMurray

19.) #31 Ryan Newman

20.) #42 Kyle Larson

21.) #41 Kurt Busch

22.) #4 Kevin Harvick

23.) #47 AJ Allmendinger

24.) #43 Aric Almirola

25.) #27 Paul Menard

26.) #10 Danica Patrick

27.) #44 Brian Scott

28.) #7 Regan Smith

29.) #83 Matt DiBenedetto

30.) #95 Ty Dillon

31.) #23 David Ragan

32.) #13 Casey Mears

33.) #38 Landon Cassill

34.) #34 Chris Buescher

35.) #46 Michael Annett

36.) #15 Clint Bowyer

37.) #98 Cole Whitt

38.) #32 Jeffrey Earnhardt

39.) #30 Josh Wise

40.) #55 Reed Sorenson


Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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