Friday, April 8, 2016

Carl Edwards wins the pole and the rifle at Texas Motor Speedway

Credit: Debbie Ross/Skirts and Scuffs
Carl Edwards collected the the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday afternoon for the 20th Annual Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, his first of the season and second at the track. He also scored the custom Henry rifle that accompanies that achievement.

“This is fun, guys,” Edwards pronounced to the media. “The car was sliding around. If I missed the corner entry a little bit, I could adjust and get the car to turn where I wanted it to… We haven’t raced yet, but I have a feeling this is going to be a lot of fun.”

Edwards’ lap of 194.609 mph in the No. 19 Stanley Toyota topped Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr., who put up identical speeds of 193.306 mph. Logano took the tiebreaker by virtue of his standing in owner points.

Though he was glad to get a front-row starting position and a good pit stall, Logano expressed disappointment at missing the opportunity to get the Henry rifle that goes with the first-place start.
“I wanted the shotgun to go with the six-shooters I got here a couple of years ago,” Logano said.

Truex Jr. thought he had a shot at the pole, too.

“We missed it a little bit from yesterday,” said Truex Jr. “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.”

The highest-qualifying rookie and the highest-qualifying Chevy, Chase Elliott, will roll off fourth in the No. 24 NAPA machine, his best start since he began the season with the Daytona 500 pole.

“I’m really proud of the improvements we made from Round 1 all the way through Round 3," Elliott said. "I’m very excited that we made the third round and was able to get a nice top-five starting spot.”

Equaling his best qualifying effort of the season, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. starts fifth, one of five Fords that advanced to the final round.

Both Edwards and Logano look forward to the race under the lights tomorrow, citing tire fall-off, a slick, aged surface on the track and the lower downforce package for adding to their enjoyment in racing at Texas.

Tune in to the Duck Commander 500 Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Central on FOX, SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90, or the PRN network.

Here's the full qualifying results:  
Rank

Driver
Speed

1

Carl Edwards
194.609

2

Joey Logano
193.306

3

Martin Truex, Jr.
193.306

4

Chase Elliott
193.036

5

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
192.94

6

Denny Hamlin
192.912

7

Ryan Blaney
192.885
*
8

Brad Keselowski
192.685

9

Matt Kenseth
192.362

10

Austin Dillon
192.349

11

Jimmie Johnson
191.51

12

Trevor Bayne
190.57

13

Brian Vickers
192.905

14

Greg Biffle
192.85

15

Kyle Busch
192.644

16

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
192.548

17

Kasey Kahne
192.404

18

Jamie McMurray
192.007

19

Ryan Newman
191.918

20

Kyle Larson
191.707

21

Kurt Busch
191.598

22

Kevin Harvick
191.537

23

A.J. Allmendinger
191.435

24

Aric Almirola
191.34

25

Paul Menard
192.417

26

Danica Patrick
192.116

27

Brian Scott
191.986

28

Regan Smith
191.775

29

Matt DiBenedetto
191.476

30

Ty Dillon
191.286

31

David Ragan
191.252

32

Casey Mears
190.564

33

Landon Cassill
190.228

34

Chris Buescher
190.121

35

Michael Annett
189.367

36

Clint Bowyer
189.122

37

Cole Whitt
188.193
*
38

Jeffrey Earnhardt
185.522

39

Josh Wise
184.963
*
40

Reed Sorenson
181.592
*

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