|Carl Edwards gets his first Texas-style pole award|
Credit: Debbie Ross/Skirts and Scuffs
With three wins at TMS, Edwards hopes to add a pair of pistols and a Charlie 1 Horse hat to the long gun awarded for the pole, which was his first at Texas.
Edwards finished second to Tony Stewart in the November 2011 epic championship battle, and the Johnson-Keselowski fandango in which Keselowski finished second has been a topic of conversation all week.
With those two starting from the front row, the AAA 500 looks to be a barn-burner.
In his post-qualifying interview, Johnson revealed that he brushed the wall during his run, scraping the No. 48's bumper cover. Somewhat ironically, he was questioned about his set-to with Greg Biffle last week when Biffle was upset over Johnson's contact with the No. 16's bumper cover.
Paul Menard equals his best start at the Great American Speedway in fourth, while the points leader by virtue of wins, Matt Kenseth, begins from sixth.
Adding yet more pepper to the chili, Kyle Busch starts from fifth position. In theory that's far enough back from Keselowski, but with the history between those two, that's not a given.
Jeff Gordon, who lurks third in points, rolls off eighth, next to teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who in Nationwide competition never started out of the top ten at TMS, starts ninth and Marcos Ambrose rounds out the top ten.
In case you didn't follow the rambling lineup above, here's the complete starting lineup in order. Tune in Sunday at 2 p.m. Central to see if the Wild Asphalt Circus once again lives up to its billing.
|7||Dale Earnhardt Jr.|
|9||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|15||Martin Truex Jr.|
|16||Juan Pablo Montoya|