Edwards wins pole at The Glen

Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards earned the Coors Light Pole Award at Watkins Glen Saturday afternoon, making it two-for-two in road course qualifying sessions for the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing wheelman as he was also the polesitter for June's Sonoma event.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Kyle Larson sat atop the board for the majority of the final round in the two-round session, but walked away with the runner-up spot.

Tony Stewart, in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth, in the No. 20 JGR Toyota, and Kyle Busch, in the No. 18 JGR Toyota, rounded out the top five.

Denny Hamlin was the last of the JGR quartet on the leaderboard in sixth.

Series points leader Kevin Harvick will start the 90-lap event 15th, sandwiched between Furniture Row Racing's Martin Truex Jr. (14th) and Hendrick Motorsports' Chase Elliott (16th).

Jeff Gordon, who continues to fill in for an injured Dale Earnhardt Jr., qualified 21st in the No. 88 HMS Chevrolet. The four-time Sprint Cup Series champion has four wins at the New York track.

The red flag came out in the first round's opening minutes after Paul Menard spun through the bus stop. The Richard Childress Racing wheelman will line up 33rd.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]CARL EDWARDS, No. 19 Stanley Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Starting Position: 1st

Did you think you had a race car that could get the pole today?

“I wasn’t sure. You know the track is a little strange. It started out really slippery the first run. But, just really proud of my guys and everybody on this Stanley Toyota team. Dave Wilson from TRD (Toyota Racing Development, president) just came down. They’re a huge part of this. My teammates they’re really fast. Kyle (Busch) is really fast and Martin’s (Truex Jr.) is really fast. You’ve got to work a little bit in race trim but we’re starting upfront and we’ve got a great pit crew and hopefully we can put that Stanley in victory lane."

How do you beat your teammates for your first Cup win at Watkins Glen?

“I think tomorrow is going to be a little bit of an adventure. The new pavement nobody knows how that’s going to go along deep into the runs with tire build up. I think the braking zones are pretty tough and it’s going to be nice and warm. So, just got to stay upfront, can’t make any mistakes. I love road races. They’re so much fun. I got to talk to Boris Said who’s basically my road racing coach to start so that was cool today. Hopefully tonight get me some good rest and hopefully be very competitive tomorrow."

Do you think it will be slick tomorrow with the tire and new track combination?

“It was real slick. That’d be nice if it was slick like that during the race but I think as we run, as we get some rubber down these tires Goodyear does such a good job building a durable tire I think it’s just going to be a matter of tons of grip and managing that all day."

Lineup

POS CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 19 Carl Edwards Toyota Stanley 126.562 69.689 Leader
2 42 Kyle Larson Chevy Target 126.233 69.871 –0.182
3 14 Tony Stewart Chevy Haas Automation Chevrolet SS 126.177 69.902 –0.213
4 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 126.104 69.942 –0.253
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers Crisper 126.099 69.945 –0.256
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 126.002 69.999 –0.310
7 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 125.924 70.042 –0.353
8 31 Ryan Newman Chevy Caterpillar 125.831 70.094 –0.405
9 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevy Kroger / Kingsford 125.623 70.210 –0.521
10 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy McDonald’s Chevrolet 125.536 70.259 –0.570
11 95 Michael McDowell Chevy Thrivent Financial 125.370 70.352 –0.663
12 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 124.981 70.571 –0.882
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowe's / Jimmie Johnson Foundation 124.981 70.571 –0.882
14 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota Furniture Row 124.968 70.578 –0.889
15 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy Busch Beer Chevrolet SS 124.837 70.652 –0.963
16 24 Chase Elliott Chevy SunEnergy1 124.670 70.747 –1.058
17 41 Kurt Busch Chevy Haas Automation / Monster Energy Chevrolet SS 124.585 70.795 –1.106
18 3 Austin Dillon Chevy Dow 124.569 70.804 –1.115
19 21 Ryan Blaney Ford Motocraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center 124.559 70.810 –1.121
20 13 Casey Mears Chevy GEICO 124.532 70.825 –1.136
21 88 Jeff Gordon Chevy Axalta 124.460 70.866 –1.177
22 98 Cole Whitt Chevy RticCoolers.com 124.269 70.975 –1.286
23 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy Great Clips 124.248 70.987 –1.298
24 16 Greg Biffle Ford Cheez-It Ford Fusion 124.159 71.038 –1.349
25 34 Chris Buescher Ford CSX – Play it Safe 124.120 71.060 –1.371
26 23 David Ragan Toyota Dr. Pepper 123.842 71.220 –1.531
27 44 Brian Scott Ford Shaw’s Supermarkets Ford 123.633 71.340 –1.651
28 15 Clint Bowyer Chevy PEAK 123.464 71.438 –1.749
29 7 Regan Smith Chevy APC Chevrolet 123.455 71.443 –1.754
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion 123.446 71.448 –1.759
31 10 Danica Patrick Chevy Nature's Bakery Chevrolet SS 123.389 71.481 –1.792
32 6 Trevor Bayne Ford AdvoCare Spark Ford Fusion 123.353 71.502 –1.813
33 27 Paul Menard Chevy Richmond/Menards 123.157 71.616 –1.927
34 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 123.110 71.643 –1.954
35 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota Dustless Blasting 122.624 71.927 –2.238
36 55 Alex Kennedy Chevy TBD 122.193 72.181 –2.492
37 32 Boris Said Ford Genesee Beer 122.157 72.202 –2.513
38 46 Michael Annett Chevy St. Jude Iowa Tournament of Hope 121.202 72.771 –3.082
39 30 Josh Wise Chevy Curtis Key Plumbing 119.246 73.965 –4.276
40 38 Landon Cassill Ford MDS Transport 0.000 0.000 -69.689

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