Carl Edwards scored his first pole of the season and second at Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500. Edwards won the pole with a lap of 194.609 mph in the final round of qualifying.
“The tire, I don’t know what the other guys feel, the tire and downforce package for me lets me feel like I can go into the corner and move around and feel the tire underneath me,” Edwards said. “Even in qualifying, there were times when I got a little sideways and it slid a little bit and I could recover and that’s really fun as a race car driver.”
Joey Logano (193.306 mph) will start alongside Edwards on the front row. Martin Truex Jr., who was fastest in Thursday’s practice, starts third after a lap of 193.306 mph with rookie Chase Elliott (193.036) fourth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (192.940) fifth.
“I’m really proud of the improvements we made from Round 1 all the way through Round 3,” Elliott said. “I’m very excited that we made the third round and was able to get a nice top five starting spot.”
Edwards enters this race with three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish at Phoenix International Raceway. Edwards has placed seventh or better in all but one race this season.