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Cup - Homestead - Qualifying times

Carl Edwards asserted his claim on the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship by taking pole for Sunday's season finale Ford 400 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Carl Edwards laid down his credentials for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at the first opportunity, by taking pole position for Sunday afternoon's Ford 400 season finale by 0.116s over Martin Truex Jr.

Edwards' only remaining rival for the title, Tony Stewart - who is just 3pts adrift of him in the standings - could only manage to qualify in 15th place for the crucial deciding race.

It's Edwards' third pole of 2011 and his tenth in 265 Cup races. It's his second pole on the 1.5-mile oval at Homestead-Miami, a track that he has a strong record on and which may give him the critical edge to win the championship.

Edwards also performed strongly in the two practice sessions held earlier on Saturday, after Cup activity at Homestead was washed-out on Friday by showers. He came top of the second practice session after running second to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the first.

Qualifying times

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 30.775s (Leader) 175.467mph
2. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 30.891s (-0.116) 174.808mph
3. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 30.931s (-0.156) 174.582mph
4. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 30.942s (-0.167) 174.520mph
5. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 30.947s (-0.172) 174.492mph
6. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 30.950s (-0.175) 174.475mph
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 30.957s (-0.182) 174.436mph
8. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 31.015s (-0.240) 174.109mph
9. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 31.017s (-0.242) 174.098mph
10. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 31.040s (-0.265) 173.969mph
11. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 31.051s (-0.276) 173.907mph
12. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 31.082s (-0.307) 173.734mph
13. #6 David Ragan Ford 31.092s (-0.317) 173.678mph
14. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 31.147s (-0.372) 173.371mph
15. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 31.154s (-0.379) 173.333mph
16. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 31.156s (-0.381) 173.321mph
17. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 31.164s (-0.389) 173.277mph
18. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 31.165s (-0.390) 173.271mph
19. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 31.169s (-0.394) 173.249mph
20. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 31.185s (-0.410) 173.160mph
21. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 31.186s (-0.411) 173.155mph
22. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31.197s (-0.422) 173.094mph
23. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 31.199s (-0.424) 173.083mph
24. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 31.220s (-0.445) 172.966mph
25. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 31.234s (-0.459) 172.889mph
26. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 31.268s (-0.493) 172.701mph
27. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 31.276s (-0.501) 172.656mph
28. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 31.318s (-0.543) 172.425mph
29. #84 Cole Whitt Toyota 31.324s (-0.549) 172.392mph
30. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 31.397s (-0.622) 171.991mph
31. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 31.428s (-0.653) 171.821mph
32. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 31.453s (-0.678) 171.685mph
33. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 31.568s (-0.793) 171.059mph
34. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 31.574s (-0.799) 171.027mph
35. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 31.601s (-0.826) 170.881mph
36. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 31.601s (-0.826) 170.881mph
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 31.657s (-0.882) 170.578mph
38. #34 David Gilliland Ford 31.738s (-0.963) 170.143mph
39. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 31.778s (-1.003) 169.929mph
40. #38 Travis Kvapil+ Ford 31.919s (-1.144) 169.178mph
41. #32 T.J. Bell+* Ford 32.199s (-1.424) 167.707mph
42. #36 Geoffrey Bodine+ Chevrolet 33.161s (-2.386) 162.842mph
43. #71 Mike Bliss Ford 31.776s (-1.001) 169.940mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #46 Scott Speed Ford 31.853s (-1.078) 169.529mph
45. #7 Reed Sorenson Dodge 31.885s (-1.110) 169.359mph
46. #37 Mike Skinner Ford 32.031s (-1.256) 168.587mph
47. #192 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 32.186s (-1.411) 167.775mph
48. #193 Grant Enfinger Chevrolet 32.568s (-1.793) 165.807mph

Practice 2

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 31.556s (Leader) 171.124 mph
2. #6 David Ragan Ford 31.595s (-0.039) 170.913 mph
3. #84 Cole Whitt Toyota 31.753s (-0.197) 170.063 mph
4. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 31.820s (-0.264) 169.705 mph
5. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31.838s (-0.282) 169.609 mph
6. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 31.865s (-0.309) 169.465 mph
7. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 31.895s (-0.339) 169.305 mph
8. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 31.926s (-0.370) 169.141 mph
9. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 31.956s (-0.400) 168.982 mph
10. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 31.959s (-0.403) 168.967 mph
11. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 31.974s (-0.418) 168.887 mph
12. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 31.980s (-0.424) 168.855 mph
13. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 31.996s (-0.440) 168.771 mph
14. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 32.010s (-0.454) 168.697 mph
15. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 32.018s (-0.462) 168.655 mph
16. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 32.043s (-0.487) 168.523 mph
17. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 32.051s (-0.495) 168.482 mph
18. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 32.058s (-0.502) 168.445 mph
19. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 32.062s (-0.506) 168.424 mph
20. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 32.069s (-0.513) 168.387 mph
21. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 32.080s (-0.524) 168.329 mph
22. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 32.085s (-0.529) 168.303 mph
23. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 32.097s (-0.541) 168.240 mph
24. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 32.112s (-0.556) 168.161 mph
25. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 32.138s (-0.582) 168.025 mph
26. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 32.147s (-0.591) 167.978 mph
27. #71 Mike Bliss Ford 32.150s (-0.594) 167.963 mph
28. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 32.157s (-0.601) 167.926 mph
29. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 32.160s (-0.604) 167.910 mph
30. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 32.167s (-0.611) 167.874 mph
31. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 32.173s (-0.617) 167.843 mph
32. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 32.191s (-0.635) 167.749 mph
33. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 32.214s (-0.658) 167.629 mph
34. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 32.221s (-0.665) 167.593 mph
35. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 32.223s (-0.667) 167.582 mph
36. #7 Reed Sorenson Dodge 32.223s (-0.667) 167.582 mph
37. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 32.231s (-0.675) 167.541 mph
38. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 32.290s (-0.734) 167.234 mph
39. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 32.319s (-0.763) 167.084 mph
40. #46 Scott Speed Ford 32.321s (-0.765) 167.074 mph
41. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 32.445s (-0.889) 166.436 mph
42. #192 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 32.476s (-0.920) 166.277 mph
43. #37 Mike Skinner Ford 32.494s (-0.938) 166.184 mph
44. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 32.542s (-0.986) 165.939 mph
45. #32 T.J. Bell* Ford 32.591s (-1.035) 165.690 mph
46. #34 David Gilliland Ford 32.666s (-1.110) 165.309 mph
47. #193 Grant Enfinger Chevrolet 33.144s (-1.588) 162.925 mph
48. #36 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet 33.183s (-1.627) 162.734 mph

Practice 1

1. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 31.179s (Leader) 173.193 mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 31.272s (-0.093) 172.678 mph
3. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 31.341s (-0.162) 172.298 mph
4. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 31.383s (-0.204) 172.068 mph
5. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 31.393s (-0.214) 172.013 mph
6. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 31.410s (-0.231) 171.920 mph
7. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31.416s (-0.237) 171.887 mph
8. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 31.455s (-0.276) 171.674 mph
9. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 31.459s (-0.280) 171.652 mph
10. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 31.472s (-0.293) 171.581 mph
11. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 31.491s (-0.312) 171.478 mph
12. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 31.492s (-0.313) 171.472 mph
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 31.493s (-0.314) 171.467 mph
14. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 31.509s (-0.330) 171.380 mph
15. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 31.533s (-0.354) 171.249 mph
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 31.536s (-0.357) 171.233 mph
17. #6 David Ragan Ford 31.557s (-0.378) 171.119 mph
18. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 31.577s (-0.398) 171.010 mph
19. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 31.583s (-0.404) 170.978 mph
20. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 31.603s (-0.424) 170.870 mph
21. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 31.625s (-0.446) 170.751 mph
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 31.653s (-0.474) 170.600 mph
23. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 31.691s (-0.512) 170.395 mph
24. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 31.694s (-0.515) 170.379 mph
25. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 31.700s (-0.521) 170.347 mph
26. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 31.706s (-0.527) 170.315 mph
27. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 31.727s (-0.548) 170.202 mph
28. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 31.729s (-0.550) 170.191 mph
29. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 31.739s (-0.560) 170.138 mph
30. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 31.763s (-0.584) 170.009 mph
31. #84 Cole Whitt Toyota 31.776s (-0.597) 169.940 mph
32. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 31.810s (-0.631) 169.758 mph
33. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 31.822s (-0.643) 169.694 mph
34. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 31.873s (-0.694) 169.422 mph
35. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 31.890s (-0.711) 169.332 mph
36. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 31.955s (-0.776) 168.988 mph
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 31.994s (-0.815) 168.782 mph
38. #46 Scott Speed Ford 32.057s (-0.878) 168.450 mph
39. #71 Mike Bliss Ford 32.145s (-0.966) 167.989 mph
40. #34 David Gilliland Ford 32.155s (-0.976) 167.937 mph
41. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 32.258s (-1.079) 167.400 mph
42. #7 Reed Sorenson Dodge 32.352s (-1.173) 166.914 mph
43. #37 Mike Skinner Ford 32.368s (-1.189) 166.831 mph
44. #192 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 32.385s (-1.206) 166.744 mph
45. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 32.573s (-1.394) 165.781 mph
46. #32 T.J. Bell* Ford 32.817s (-1.638) 164.549 mph
47. #193 Grant Enfinger Chevrolet 32.926s (-1.747) 164.004 mph
48. #36 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet 33.501s (-2.322) 161.189 mph

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie



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