By AMANDA VINCENT
Carl Edwards posted a 27.748-second/194.609 mph lap in the third of three rounds of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday to claim the pole for Saturday Night’s Duck Commander 500. It’s his first pole of the 2016 season but the second of his career at Texas.
Joey Logano will start alongside Edwards on the front-row Saturday. Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott claimed second-row starting spots.
“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.”
Edwards also turned in the fastest lap in the second round of qualifying with a lap of 27.662 seconds/195.214 mph. He was third-fastest in round one.
“This is fun, guys,” Edwards said. “Each time we went out there, even in qualifying trim when, usually, the car is just nailed down and stuck like glue, the car was sliding around. If I missed the corner a little bit, I could aadjust and get the car to kind of turn where I wanted to; that’s really fun.”
Brian Vickers, driving the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in which Tony Stewart drove to the first-ever 200+ mph NASCAR qualifying lap at a mile-and-a-half track at TMS in 2014, was fastest in the first round, posting a 27.549-second/196.014 mph lap, the fastest lap turned throughout all three rounds of the qualifying session. Despite being fastest in round one, Vickers failed to get past round two, posting the 13th-fastest lap of record in the second round.
Below, is the complete starting grid for the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:
Row 1 — Carl Edwards (No. 19 Toyota), Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford)
Row 2 — Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Toyota), Chase Elliott (No. 24 Chevrolet)
Row 3 — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford), Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota)
Row 4 — Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Ford), Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford)
Row 5 — Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota), Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet)
Row 6 — Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chevrolet), Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Ford)
Row 7 — Brian Vickers (No. 14 Chevrolet), Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford)
Row 8 — Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Chevrolet)
Row 9 — Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet), Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet)
Row 10 — Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet)
Row 11 — Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet), Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet)
Row 12 — A.J. Allmendinger (No. 47 Chevrolet), Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford)
Row 13 — Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet), Danica Patrick (No. 10 Chevrolet)
Row 14 — Brian Scott (No. 44 Ford), Regan Smith (No. 7 Chevrolet)
Row 15 — Matt DiBenedetto (No. 83 Toyota), Ty Dillon (No. 95 Chevrolet)
Row 16 — David Ragan (No. 23 Toyota), Casey Mears (No. 13 Chevrolet)
Row 17 — Landon Cassill (No. 38 Ford), Chris Buescher (No. 34 Ford)
Row 18 — Michael Annett (No. 46 Chevrolet), Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Chevrolet)
Row 19 — Cole Whitt (No. 98 Chevrolet), Jeffrey Earnhardt (No. 32 Ford)
Row 20 — Josh Wise (No. 30 Chevrolet), Reed Sorenson (No. 55 Chevrolet)
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