Edwards takes Texas Cup pole

Edwards takes Texas Cup pole

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Edwards takes Texas Cup pole

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Carl Edwards grabbed his second NASCAR Sprint Cup pole of the year in qualifying for Sunday’s Texas Motor Speedway race.

One of the final drivers to run, Edwards produced a 27.535-second lap in his Roush Fenway Ford to beat 2012 champion Brad Keselowski’s Penske entry to the top spot.

Just 0.084sec covered the top six drivers, with joint points leaders Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth both within that blanket.

Johnson had held provisional pole for a while before Keselowski and Kenseth came through, despite a big moment on his qualifying lap. He ended up three places clear of Kenseth, as Paul Menard and Kyle Busch got between them.

Johnson’s Hendrick team-mates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and last week’s Martinsville winner Jeff Gordon share row four.

Hours after his 2014 Furniture Row deal was announced, Martin Truex Jr. was current employer Michael Waltrip’s leading qualifier in 15th, while present Furniture Row man Kurt Busch was only 31st.

The elder Busch was one of a number of big names that newcomer Parker Kligerman outqualified, as the Nationwide Series graduate put Swan’s Toyota 23rd.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car                     Time     Gap 1.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford            27.535s 2.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford                  27.537s  +0.002s 3.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet           27.559s  +0.024s 4.  Paul Menard         Childress Chevrolet          27.574s  +0.039s 5.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota             27.582s  +0.047s 6.  Matt Kenseth        Joe Gibbs Toyota             27.619s  +0.084s 7.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet           27.648s  +0.113s 8.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet           27.668s  +0.133s 9.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford            27.674s  +0.139s10.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford                   27.688s  +0.153s11.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet           27.740s  +0.205s12.  Joey Logano         Penske Ford                  27.761s  +0.226s13.  Ryan Newman         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       27.780s  +0.245s14.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota             27.781s  +0.246s15.  Martin Truex Jr     Waltrip Toyota               27.812s  +0.277s16.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  27.863s  +0.328s17.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford                   27.884s  +0.349s18.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford            27.890s  +0.355s19.  Kevin Harvick       Childress Chevrolet          27.892s  +0.357s20.  Jeff Burton         Childress Chevrolet          27.921s  +0.386s21.  Austin Dillon       Childress Chevrolet          27.931s  +0.396s22.  Bobby Labonte       JTG Daugherty Toyota         27.961s  +0.426s23.  Parker Kligerman    Swan Toyota                  27.973s  +0.438s24.  Jamie McMurray      Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  27.989s  +0.454s25.  Elliott Sadler      Waltrip Toyota               27.993s  +0.458s26.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota               28.008s  +0.473s27.  Casey Mears         Germain Ford                 28.030s  +0.495s28.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford               28.118s  +0.583s29.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford               28.141s  +0.606s30.  Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       28.150s  +0.615s31.  Kurt Busch          Furniture Row Chevrolet      28.210s  +0.675s32.  Trevor Bayne        Wood Brothers Ford           28.221s  +0.686s33.  Mark Martin         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       28.342s  +0.807s34.  Josh Wise           Front Row Ford               28.439s  +0.904s35.  Michael McDowell    Parsons Ford                 28.523s  +0.988s36.  Kyle Larson         Phoenix Chevrolet            28.536s  +1.001s37.  Landon Cassill      Circle Sport Chevrolet       28.638s  +1.103s38.  Travis Kvapil       BK Toyota                    28.671s  +1.136s39.  David Reutimann     BK Toyota                    28.680s  +1.145s40.  Timmy Hill          FAS Lane Ford                28.719s  +1.184s41.  Joe Nemechek        NEMCO Toyota                 28.839s  +1.304s42.  Dave Blaney         Baldwin Chevrolet            28.992s  +1.457s43.  JJ Yeley            Baldwin Chevrolet            36.845s  +9.310s

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