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Edwards claims pole with record speed, AJ second

NASCAR Sprint Cup in Phoenix
Saturday, November 13, 2010

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AJ Allmendinger
Carl Edwards won his third Coors Light Pole Award of the season Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, and A.J. Allmendinger put his car on the front row despite the adversity facing Richard Petty Motorsports.

In contrast, the only three drivers with realistic chances to win the Chase -- Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick -- all had lackluster qualifying efforts in time trials for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 and must come through the field to stake their claims to the series championship.

Edwards covered the one-mile distance in 26.395 seconds (136.389 mph), as he, Allmendinger (136.250 mph) and Kurt Busch (136.240 mph) all eclipsed Ryan Newman's track qualifying record of 135.854 mph (26.499 seconds), set on Nov. 5, 2004.

Hamlin, who leads second-place Johnson by 33 points with two races left in the Chase, will start 17th, with Johnson taking the green flag from the 21st position and Harvick from 29th. Harvick trails Hamlin by 59 points.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 136.389 26.395 Leader
2 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Insignia HDTV / Best Buy 136.250 26.422 -0.027
3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 136.240 26.424 -0.029
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch Brand 135.742 26.521 -0.126
5 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 135.665 26.536 -0.141
6 00 David Reutimann Toyota Tums 135.547 26.559 -0.164
7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 135.527 26.563 -0.168
8 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 135.303 26.607 -0.212
9 9 Aric Almirola Ford Budweiser 135.227 26.622 -0.227
10 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 135.206 26.626 -0.231
11 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 135.206 26.626 -0.231
12 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 135.176 26.632 -0.237
13 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Safeway 135.150 26.637 -0.242
14 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 135.089 26.649 -0.254
15 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Valvoline 135.084 26.650 -0.255
16 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 135.039 26.659 -0.264
17 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 134.938 26.679 -0.284
18 98 Paul Menard Ford Peak / Menards 134.917 26.683 -0.288
19 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army Veterans Day Tribute 134.917 26.683 -0.288
20 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 134.821 26.702 -0.307
21 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 134.816 26.703 -0.308
22 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 134.801 26.706 -0.311
23 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Paralyzed Veterans of America 134.801 26.706 -0.311
24 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 134.766 26.713 -0.318
25 83 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 134.756 26.715 -0.320
26 09 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet C&J Energy 134.494 26.767 -0.372
27 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 134.429 26.780 -0.385
28 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 134.393 26.787 -0.392
29 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 134.353 26.795 -0.400
30 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 134.273 26.811 -0.416
31 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew "Paint the 88" / National Guard 134.163 26.833 -0.438
32 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 134.013 26.863 -0.468
33 26 J.J. Yeley Ford Air National Guard 133.943 26.877 -0.482
34 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Polaris 133.650 26.936 -0.541
35 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 133.625 26.941 -0.546
36 55 Mike Bliss Toyota Prism Motorsports 133.611 26.944 -0.549
37 37 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 133.492 26.968 -0.573
38 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 133.383 26.990 -0.595
39 164 Landon Cassill Toyota Empire Steel Buildings 133.343 26.998 -0.603
40 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 133.318 27.003 -0.608
41 71 Brendan Gaughan+ Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 132.197 27.232 -0.837
42 34 Tony Raines+ Ford A&W All American Food 130.938 27.494 -1.099
43 81 Terry Labonte Dodge Red Line Oil Champion's Provisional - -
Did Not Qualify
41 66 Jason Leffler Toyota Prism Motorsports 133.294 27.008 -0.613
42 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota HeatRedefined.com 133.225 27.022 -0.627
43 46 Michael McDowell Chevrolet SuperPawn 133.107 27.046 -0.651

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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