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."
|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|
|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|
|17||41||Kurt Busch||Chevy||Haas Automation / Monster Energy Chevrolet SS||124.585||70.795||–1.106|
|19||21||Ryan Blaney||Ford||Motocraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center||124.559||70.810||–1.121|
|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|
|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|
|35||83||Matt DiBenedetto||Toyota||Dustless Blasting||122.624||71.927||–2.238|
|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|