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Edwards wins pole in Richmond for new sponsor

NASCAR Sprint Cuo
Friday, September 10, 2010

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Aflac sponsored Carl Edwards has Kelloggs Cheez-It sponsorship for just 2 races this year and bingo, he's on pole. 
Carl Edwards will start from the top spot in Saturday's Air Guard 400 at Richmond Raceway, the final race before the Chase begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With a lap at 127.762 mph (21.133 seconds), Edwards edged Juan Montoya (127.455 mph) in winning his first pole at the 0.75-mile short track.

A.J. Allmendinger (127.101 mph) qualified third, followed by Clint Bowyer (127.077 mph) and David Reutimann (127.017 mph).

"I used to just laugh at people who talked about momentum, because I didn't believe there was momentum in this sport," said Edwards, who has scored more points in the last nine races than any other Cup driver. "I thought you just had what you had at the race track. Lately, though, we've been building this momentum, and it has been working, and I'm enjoying it.

"The previous eight or nine races have been really good, and if we can make the next 11 of them as good as the previous nine, then I think we are going to be really good. When we sit down and look at the schedule, like we did yesterday, and look at the Chase races to get our plan of approach in those races, we feel like we have a car that can win every one of those races."

The pole was Edwards' second of the season and the sixth of his career.

Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne will start from positions six through 10 Saturday.

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 99 Carl Edwards Ford Kellogg's / Cheez-it 127.762 21.133 Leader
2 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 127.455 21.184 -0.051
3 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Insignia HDTV / Best Buy 127.101 21.243 -0.110
4 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 127.077 21.247 -0.114
5 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 127.017 21.257 -0.124
6 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 126.975 21.264 -0.131
7 98 Paul Menard Ford Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 126.951 21.268 -0.135
8 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 126.939 21.270 -0.137
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 126.784 21.296 -0.163
10 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser / 2011 World Police & Fire Games 126.767 21.299 -0.166
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 126.654 21.318 -0.185
12 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 126.505 21.343 -0.210
13 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Kroger 126.505 21.343 -0.210
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 126.470 21.349 -0.216
15 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 126.440 21.354 -0.221
16 26 Jeff Green Ford Air National Guard 126.422 21.357 -0.224
17 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 126.410 21.359 -0.226
18 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 126.369 21.366 -0.233
19 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 126.345 21.370 -0.237
20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 126.210 21.393 -0.260
21 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 126.133 21.406 -0.273
22 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard Military Intelligence / DuPont 126.039 21.422 -0.289
23 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 126.039 21.422 -0.289
24 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 126.027 21.424 -0.291
25 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 125.933 21.440 -0.307
26 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 125.845 21.455 -0.322
27 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Mohawk Northeast 125.827 21.458 -0.325
28 71 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Post-9 / 11 GI Bill 125.810 21.461 -0.328
29 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Brakes 125.745 21.472 -0.339
30 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com 125.716 21.477 -0.344
31 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 125.687 21.482 -0.349
32 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 125.564 21.503 -0.370
33 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 125.523 21.510 -0.377
34 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 125.465 21.520 -0.387
35 132 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing 125.331 21.543 -0.410
36 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley 125.284 21.551 -0.418
37 55 Mike Bliss Toyota Prism Motorsports 125.232 21.560 -0.427
38 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 125.127 21.578 -0.445
39 37 David Gilliland Ford Charter Air Transport 125.012 21.598 -0.465
40 34 Tony Raines Ford A&W All American Food 124.792 21.636 -0.503
41 7 Kevin Conway+* Toyota Extenze 123.899 21.792 -0.659
42 83 Mattias Ekstrom+ Toyota Red Bull 123.717 21.824 -0.691
43 09 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Champion's Provisional
Did Not Qualify
44 110 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Gander Mountain 124.971 21.605 -0.472
45 46 Michael McDowell Dodge Whitney Motorsports 124.355 21.712 -0.579
46 164 Todd Bodine Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 124.292 21.723 -0.590
47 66 Scott Riggs Toyota Prism Motorsports 124.041 21.767 -0.634
48 192 Brian Keselowski Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 122.912 21.967 -0.834

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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