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Jeff Byrd 500 - Qualifying times

Carl Edwards dipped below the 15s mark at the "world's fastest half mile", the Bristol Motor Speedway, to claim pole for Sunday's Jeff Byrd 500 Sprint Cup race.
Carl Edwards is definitely the man currently on form in NASCAR Sprint Cup, following up his win at Las Vegas two weeks ago with pole position at Bristol Motor Speedway's half mile oval track. Edwards was the only man to dip under the 15s mark as he claimed his fourth front row start in his last six Sprint Cup races - and his Roush Fenway Racing team has taken three out of the four pole positions so far in 2011.

Greg Biffle will start alongside him on the front row, while Regan Smith's third place is a career best in qualifying putting him alongside Paul Menard on the second row. Ken Schrader failed to qualify, while Andy Lally had to sneak in to the starting line-up on owner points.

Qualifying was overshadowed to an extent by news that unusual tyre wear had led Goodyear to make the decision to replace all the current right side tyres for Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams going into the weekend. That means the manufacturer is shipping 1300 replacements over from Charlotte overnight, after the original consignment featuring new compound and construction techniques resulted in the track failing to "rubber in", the rubber instead turning into a powder leaving the tyres vulnerable to excessive wear. According to reports, the underlying canvas material was starting to show through at a quarter of the anticipated life expectancy of the tyre.

Qualifying

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 14.989s (Leader) 128.014mph
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 15.035s (-0.046) 127.622mph
3. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 15.04s (-0.051) 127.58mph
4. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 15.045s (-0.056) 127.537mph
5. #6 David Ragan Ford 15.055s (-0.066) 127.453mph
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 15.059s (-0.07) 127.419mph
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 15.076s (-0.087) 127.275mph
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 15.104s (-0.115) 127.039mph
9. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 15.108s (-0.119) 127.006mph
10. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 15.115s (-0.126) 126.947mph
11. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 15.121s (-0.132) 126.896mph
12. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 15.123s (-0.134) 126.88mph
13. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 15.129s (-0.14) 126.829mph
14. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 15.131s (-0.142) 126.812mph
15. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 15.15s (-0.161) 126.654mph
16. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 15.152s (-0.163) 126.637mph
17. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 15.171s (-0.182) 126.478mph
18. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 15.171s (-0.182) 126.478mph
19. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 15.174s (-0.185) 126.453mph
20. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 15.181s (-0.192) 126.395mph
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 15.181s (-0.192) 126.395mph
22. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 15.191s (-0.202) 126.312mph
23. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 15.215s (-0.226) 126.112mph
24. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 15.216s (-0.227) 126.104mph
25. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 15.219s (-0.23) 126.079mph
26. #0 David Reutimann Toyota 15.228s (-0.239) 126.005mph
27. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 15.233s (-0.244) 125.963mph
28. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 15.257s (-0.268) 125.765mph
29. #34 David Gilliland Ford 15.258s (-0.269) 125.757mph
30. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 15.276s (-0.287) 125.609mph
31. #9 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 15.325s (-0.336) 125.207mph
32. #60 Landon Cassill Toyota 15.336s (-0.347) 125.117mph
33. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 15.371s (-0.382) 124.832mph
34. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 15.414s (-0.425) 124.484mph
35. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 15.436s (-0.447) 124.307mph
36. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 15.437s (-0.448) 124.299mph
37. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 15.462s (-0.473) 124.098mph
38. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 15.473s (-0.484) 124.01mph
39. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 15.475s (-0.486) 123.993mph
40. #192 Dennis Setzer Dodge 15.565s (-0.576) 123.277mph
41. #37 Tony Raines Ford 15.616s (-0.627) 122.874mph
42. #71 Andy Lally+* Chevrolet 15.869s (-0.88) 120.915mph
43. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 15.61s (-0.621) 122.921mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 15.66s (-0.671) 122.529mph



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