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Texas: Cup qualifying

Carl Edwards will start this weekend's AAA Texas 500 from pole position, sharing the front row of the Sunday afternoon NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with reigning champion Brad Keselowski.
Carl Edwards claimed pole position for this weekend's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a qualifying lap of 27.650s (195.298mph) on the 1.5-mile oval, edging reigning champion Brad Keselowski by just two thousandths of a second for the top spot.

It's the 34-year-old's 13th pole position of the year and his 13th pole in 335 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. It's Edwards' first pole at Texas in 18 outings at the track. "This is huge, my guys did a great job," said Edwards. "It is awesome for Aflac and Ford and all of us. I have wanted the pole here so badly for so long, it is just really cool.

"I don't think the lap was that spectacular from a driving standpoint and I messed up off turn two but turns three and four were great and we got the pole so that was a lot of fun," he elaborated. "It is so neat to get a pole and the guys brought us to victory lane and we got to celebrate and that is a lot of fun. It is a big day for us."

"We had a really decent lap for sure going but I thought I left a little bit out there," admitted Keselowski for his part. "We will have a great starting spot for here which is so important. Track position is important for the pit stalls. You want to have a good pit stall here because that can be the whole race for you. I know we are starting up front but I also know we left a little out there so I am a little disappointed in myself."

Edwards and Keselowski dislodged long-time provisional pole sitter Jimmie Johnson form the top spot, and the #48 will duly start from third place on the second row of the grid alongside Paul Menard. Johnson was lucky to save his car during the qualifying lap and delivered a glancing blow to the outside wall with the right rear of the car at one stage before gathering it up, the five-time champion admitting that at one point he may have had his eyes closed.

"I think the lap time was reasonable," said Johnson. "You saw the effort needed to keep it off the fence. It's slippery out there ... We went faster than we did in practice, so hopefully that is a good sign and we can keep the #48 up top.

"I was committed to the throttle off of turn 4 and just kind of ran out of room. And I hate to admit it, but at one point I think I had my eyes shut because I knew there was going to be contact," he added. "I just didn't know how much. But, I just grazed the wall and scratched the sticker for the bumper cover and tail light on the back of the car."

Row three sees an all-Joe Gibbs Racing line-up, with team mate Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth due to line up alongside each other for the start of Saturday afternoon's race, while row four is taken up by the Hendrick Motorsports pair of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. The fourth Hendrick car, the #5 of Kasey Kahne, will start from 11th where he lines up with Keselowski's Penske team mate Joey Logano.

Ryan Newman will start from 13th place, with Greg Biffle lining up in 18th place just ahead of Kevin Harvick. Clint Bowyer slumped to 26th place in qualifying, while the lowest of the 13 Chase contenders is Kurt Busch who will take the green flag in 31st place.

Qualifying times

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 27.535s (Pole) 196.114mph
2. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 27.537s (+ 0.002s) 196.100mph
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 27.559s (+ 0.024s) 195.943mph
4. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 27.574s (+ 0.039s) 195.837mph
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 27.582s (+ 0.047s) 195.780mph
6. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 27.619s (+ 0.084s) 195.518mph
7. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 27.648s (+ 0.113s) 195.312mph
8. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 27.668s (+ 0.133s) 195.171mph
9. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 27.674s (+ 0.139s) 195.129mph
10. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 27.688s (+ 0.153s) 195.030mph
11. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 27.740s (+ 0.205s) 194.665mph
12. #22 Joey Logano Ford 27.761s (+ 0.226s) 194.517mph
13. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 27.780s (+ 0.245s) 194.384mph
14. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 27.781s (+ 0.246s) 194.377mph
15. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 27.812s (+ 0.277s) 194.161mph
16. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 27.863s (+ 0.328s) 193.805mph
17. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 27.884s (+ 0.349s) 193.659mph
18. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 27.890s (+ 0.355s) 193.618mph
19. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 27.892s (+ 0.357s) 193.604mph
20. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 27.921s (+ 0.386s) 193.403mph
21. #33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 27.931s (+ 0.396s) 193.334mph
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 27.961s (+ 0.426s) 193.126mph
23. #30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 27.973s (+ 0.438s) 193.043mph
24. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 27.989s (+ 0.454s) 192.933mph
25. #55 Elliott Sadler Toyota 27.993s (+ 0.458s) 192.905mph
26. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.008s (+ 0.473s) 192.802mph
27. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.030s (+ 0.495s) 192.651mph
28. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.118s (+ 0.583s) 192.048mph
29. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.141s (+ 0.606s) 191.891mph
30. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 28.150s (+ 0.615s) 191.829mph
31. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.210s (+ 0.675s) 191.421mph
32. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.221s (+ 0.686s) 191.347mph
33. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 28.342s (+ 0.807s) 190.530mph
34. #35 Josh Wise Ford 28.439s (+ 0.904s) 189.880mph
35. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.523s (+ 0.988s) 189.321mph
36. #51 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 28.536s (+ 1.001s) 189.235mph
37. #40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 28.638s (+ 1.103s) 188.561mph
38. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.671s (+ 1.136s) 188.344mph
39. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 28.680s (+ 1.145s) 188.285mph
40. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 28.719s (+ 1.184s) 188.029mph
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 28.839s (+ 1.304s) 187.246mph
42. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 28.992s (+ 1.457s) 186.258mph
43. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 36.845s (+ 9.310s) 146.560mph

Practice 1 times

1. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 27.650s (Leader) 195.298mph (9 laps)
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 27.722s (-0.072s) 194.791mph (7 laps)
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 27.858s (-0.208s) 193.840mph (16 laps)
4. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 27.865s (-0.215s) 193.791mph (9 laps)
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 27.882s (-0.232s) 193.673mph (23 laps)
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 27.902s (-0.252s) 193.535mph (20 laps)
7. #55 Elliott Sadler Toyota 27.955s (-0.305s) 193.168mph (11 laps)
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 27.963s (-0.313s) 193.112mph (17 laps)
9. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 27.971s (-0.321s) 193.057mph (22 laps)
10. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 27.973s (-0.323s) 193.043mph (21 laps)
11. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 27.994s (-0.344s) 192.898mph (22 laps)
12. #22 Joey Logano Ford 28.006s (-0.356s) 192.816mph (23 laps)
13. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.016s (-0.366s) 192.747mph (11 laps)
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.021s (-0.371s) 192.713mph (7 laps)
15. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.039s (-0.389s) 192.589mph (8 laps)
16. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.059s (-0.409s) 192.452mph (16 laps)
17. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.065s (-0.415s) 192.410mph (18 laps)
18. #33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 28.094s (-0.444s) 192.212mph (14 laps)
19. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.124s (-0.474s) 192.007mph (16 laps)
20. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.129s (-0.479s) 191.973mph (25 laps)
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.140s (-0.490s) 191.898mph (15 laps)
22. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 28.151s (-0.501s) 191.823mph (24 laps)
23. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.197s (-0.547s) 191.510mph (23 laps)
24. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.278s (-0.628s) 190.961mph (17 laps)
25. #30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 28.327s (-0.677s) 190.631mph (10 laps)
26. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.336s (-0.686s) 190.570mph (18 laps)
27. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.344s (-0.694s) 190.517mph (18 laps)
28. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.381s (-0.731s) 190.268mph (16 laps)
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.404s (-0.754s) 190.114mph (19 laps)
30. #51 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 28.415s (-0.765s) 190.040mph (20 laps)
31. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 28.450s (-0.800s) 189.807mph (18 laps)
32. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.459s (-0.809s) 189.747mph (12 laps)
33. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.536s (-0.886s) 189.235mph (19 laps)
34. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 28.614s (-0.964s) 188.719mph (20 laps)
35. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 28.666s (-1.016s) 188.376mph (19 laps)
36. #40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 28.796s (-1.146s) 187.526mph (14 laps)
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.874s (-1.224s) 187.019mph (19 laps)
38. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 28.952s (-1.302s) 186.516mph (21 laps)
39. #35 Josh Wise Ford 28.992s (-1.342s) 186.258mph (4 laps)
40. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.216s (-1.566s) 184.830mph (1 laps)
41. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 29.229s (-1.579s) 184.748mph (6 laps)
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.450s (-1.800s) 183.362mph (6 laps)
43. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.932s (-2.282s) 180.409mph (17 laps)



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Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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