Carl Edwards grabbed his second NASCAR Sprint Cup pole of 2013 in qualifying for Sunday's Texas Motor Speedway race.
One of the final drivers to run, Edwards produced a 27.535-second lap in his Roush Fenway Ford to beat 2012 champion Brad Keselowski's Penske entry to the top spot.
Just 0.084s covered the top six drivers, with joint points leaders Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth both within that blanket.
Johnson had held provisional pole for a while before Keselowski and Kenseth came through, despite a big moment on his qualifying lap.
He ended up three places clear of Kenseth, as Paul Menard and Kyle Busch got between them.
Johnson's Hendrick team-mates Dale Earnhardt Jr and last week's Martinsville winner Jeff Gordon share row four.
Hours after his 2014 Furniture Row deal was announced, Martin Truex Jr was current employer Michael Waltrip's leading qualifier in 15th, while present Furniture Row man Kurt Busch was only 31st.
The elder Busch was one of a number of big names that newcomer Parker Kligerman outqualified, as the Nationwide Series graduate put Swan's Toyota 23rd.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford 27.535s 2. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford 27.537s +0.002s 3. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 27.559s +0.024s 4. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet 27.574s +0.039s 5. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota 27.582s +0.047s 6. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota 27.619s +0.084s 7. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet 27.648s +0.113s 8. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 27.668s +0.133s 9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford 27.674s +0.139s 10. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford 27.688s +0.153s 11. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 27.740s +0.205s 12. Joey Logano Penske Ford 27.761s +0.226s 13. Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 27.780s +0.245s 14. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 27.781s +0.246s 15. Martin Truex Jr Waltrip Toyota 27.812s +0.277s 16. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 27.863s +0.328s 17. Aric Almirola Petty Ford 27.884s +0.349s 18. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford 27.890s +0.355s 19. Kevin Harvick Childress Chevrolet 27.892s +0.357s 20. Jeff Burton Childress Chevrolet 27.921s +0.386s 21. Austin Dillon Childress Chevrolet 27.931s +0.396s 22. Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Toyota 27.961s +0.426s 23. Parker Kligerman Swan Toyota 27.973s +0.438s 24. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 27.989s +0.454s 25. Elliott Sadler Waltrip Toyota 27.993s +0.458s 26. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 28.008s +0.473s 27. Casey Mears Germain Ford 28.030s +0.495s 28. David Gilliland Front Row Ford 28.118s +0.583s 29. David Ragan Front Row Ford 28.141s +0.606s 30. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.150s +0.615s 31. Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevrolet 28.210s +0.675s 32. Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Ford 28.221s +0.686s 33. Mark Martin Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.342s +0.807s 34. Josh Wise Front Row Ford 28.439s +0.904s 35. Michael McDowell Parsons Ford 28.523s +0.988s 36. Kyle Larson Phoenix Chevrolet 28.536s +1.001s 37. Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 28.638s +1.103s 38. Travis Kvapil BK Toyota 28.671s +1.136s 39. David Reutimann BK Toyota 28.680s +1.145s 40. Timmy Hill FAS Lane Ford 28.719s +1.184s 41. Joe Nemechek NEMCO Toyota 28.839s +1.304s 42. Dave Blaney Baldwin Chevrolet 28.992s +1.457s 43. JJ Yeley Baldwin Chevrolet 36.845s +9.310s