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Carl Edwards Wins Second Consecutive Coors Light Pole Award

Carl Edwards Wins Second Consecutive Coors Light Pole Award

by April 15, 2016 0 comments

With a lap of 14.991 seconds, Carl Edwards collected his second consecutive Coors Light Pole Award in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and will lead the field for the start of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Edwards headed a Joe Gibbs Racing lockout of the front row as teammate Matt Kenseth will start second on Sunday after running a lap of 15.059 seconds.

For the driver of the No. 19 Comcast Business Toyota, Friday’s pole served as not only his second of the season, but the 18th of his 13-year career.

“My guys just did a really good job with the car,” Edwards said. “This is two weeks in a row we’ve had great cars in qualifying. This one is really special for a number of reasons – Bristol is so tough and so competitive.

“We’ve got Comcast Business on board and they’re really instrumental in making this fourth team happen. It’ll be really fun having all of them at the race track on Sunday and hopefully we can get a win for them.”

Completing the top-10 of the starting lineup are Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., A.J. Allmendinger and Trevor Bayne.

Q1 placed Logano at the top of the speed chart with a lap of 14.943 seconds – the fastest lap of all of qualifying.

The opening round of qualifying featured a minor incident that involved Ty Dillon and Landon Cassill. Dillon clipped the apron off of Turn 2 on a flying lap and looped his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet around. As Dillon shed velocity down the backstretch while sideways, the side of his car made light contact with the rear of Cassill’s car that was below the apron and headed to the pits.

The second round of qualifying put Busch at the top of the charts with a lap of 15.078 seconds, a lap that narrowly beat out Logano’s Q2 lap of 15.080 seconds for the top spot.

With 40 teams entered for Sunday’s 500-lap race, no team was sent home following Friday afternoon’s first round of qualifying.

Two practice sessions lay ahead for the Sprint Cup garage on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s Food City 500 that will start at 1:00 p.m ET. FOX and the Performance Racing Network will have live coverage of the race.

Starting Lineup for the Food City 500

  1. 19 – Carl Edwards
  2. 20 – Matt Kenseth
  3. 22 – Joey Logano
  4. 11 – Denny Hamlin
  5. 18 – Kyle Busch
  6. 48 – Jimmie Johnson
  7. 4 – Kevin Harvick
  8. 78 – Martin Truex Jr.
  9. 47 – A.J. Allmendinger
  10. 6 – Trevor Bayne
  11. 5 – Kasey Kahne
  12. 2 – Brad Keselowski
  13. 1 – Jamie McMurray
  14. 27 – Paul Menard
  15. 3 – Austin Dillon
  16. 13 – Casey Mears
  17. 31 – Ryan Newman
  18. 21 – Ryan Blaney#
  19. 24 – Chase Elliott#
  20. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  21. 34 – Chris Buescher#
  22. 43 – Aric Almirola
  23. 16 – Greg Biffle
  24. 23 – David Ragan
  25. 42 – Kyle Larson
  26. 41 – Kurt Busch
  27. 44 – Brian Scott#
  28. 38 – Landon Cassill
  29. 7 – Regan Smith
  30. 83 – Matt DiBenedetto
  31. 95 – Michael McDowell
  32. 17 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  33. 10 – Danica Patrick
  34. 14 – Ty Dillon(i)
  35. 30 – Josh Wise
  36. 15 – Clint Bowyer
  37. 32 – Jeffrey Earnhardt#
  38. 55 – Reed Sorenson
  39. 98 – Cole Whitt
  40. 46 – Michael Annett

# = Rookie, (i) = Ineligible for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points.

Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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