Edwards' pole time of 30.775s (175.467mph) compared to Stewart's 31.154s. It means that Edwards claimed his third pole of the year (his tenth in Cup competition in 265 races) and his second at Homestead. Edwards also performed strongly in the practice sessions held earlier on Saturday, after Cup activity was washed out on Friday by showers: he topped the second practice outright despite running just three timed laps.
"We actually had a cut in the right rear tyre after the first run in the second practice," said Edwards. "In a way, it probably helped us from tuning the [#99] out of contention."
Behind Edwards and Truex on the front row will be Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch, with Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth on row three ahead of Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle. Outgoing Cup champion Jimmie Johnson will start from ninth place, alongside Denny Hamlin on the grid.
Kyle Busch will line up alongside Trevor Bayne on the tenth row of the grid, with Kevin Harvick just behind them in 21st position alongside Landon Cassill. Juan Montoya lines up in 27th for the final season of the race, alongside David Reutimann who makes his final outing with Michael Waltrip Racing on Sunday after having been dropped by the team in favour of Mark Marin in 2012.
Scott Speed, Reed Sorenson, Mike Skinner, Scott Riggs and Grant Enfinger failed to make the 43-car field for the final race of 2011.
Full qualifying and practice times