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Carl Edwards Snags Duck Commander 500 Pole

Carl Edwards will lead the field to the green in Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Posting a lap of 194.609 mph (27.748 sec), the driver of the No. 19 Toyota scored his first pole of the season and second at Texas. Edwards led the final two rounds of qualifying after posting the third-quickest time for round one. Joey Logano will join Edwards on the front row with a lap of 193.306 mph.

After leading the first round of qualifying with a blistering 196.014 mph lap, Brian Vickers will start 13th. Notable drivers joining Vickers among those who didn’t advance to the final round were last week’s winner Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kevin Harvick. Busch and Earnhardt qualified 15th and 16th, respectively. Harvick, who barely made out of the first round by 0.003 seconds, will start 22nd, his worst qualifying position this season.

Martin Truex, Jr. qualified third, followed by rookie Chase Elliott and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Denny Hamlin, who edged his way through to rounds two and three with last minute runs, will start sixth, while rookie Ryan Blaney rolls off seventh. Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth and Austin Dillon rounded out the top 10.

The Sprint Cup Series will hold its final practice session for tomorrow night’s race 5:30 – 6:50 p.m.  local time. The Duck Commander 500 will run Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. local time.

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