Edwards Claims Maiden Pole

Carl Edwards took his maiden Nextel Cup pole position today at California Speedway, leading a Roush Racing sweep of the top four spots on the grid for Sunday's Sony HD 500

Edwards Claims Maiden Pole

The 26-year-old took the top spot with a lap of 185.061mph, beating teammate Mark Martin, who ran a lap of 184.833. Third was Kurt Busch, followed by Greg Biggle.

The fifth Roush Racing driver, Matt Kenseth, qualified in 23rd.

Edwards is among six driver who are competing for the final three spots for the Chase for the Cup, which begins in two races. Edwards is currenly eighth in the points standing, but he is only 84 points ahead of 13th place Elliot Sadler.

"I'm not the greatest qualifier and I'm learning a lot," Edwards said after qualifying. "I'm really excited to get to start up front in a race that we really need to run well in.

"I want to win this race. But, at the same time, I'm really aware of the points situations. To come out of here and distance myself on the good of 10th place would be awesome."

Pos Driver Make Speed 1. Carl Edwards Ford 185.061 2. Mark Martin Ford 184.833 3. Kurt Busch Ford 184.403 4. Greg Biffle Ford 184.370 5. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 184.049 6. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 183.833 7. Kasey Kahne Dodge 183.805 8. J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 183.758 9. Brian Vickers Chevrolet 183.702 10. Scott Riggs Chevrolet 183.482 11. Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chevrolet 183.435 12. Sterling Marlin Dodge 183.318 13. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 183.309 14. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 182.987 15. Elliott Sadler Ford 182.941 16. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 182.913 17. Jeff Green Dodge 182.741 18. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 182.727 19. Michael Waltrip Chevrolet 182.560 20. Kyle Petty Dodge 182.542 21. Dave Blaney Chevrolet 182.519 22. Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 182.486 23. Matt Kenseth Ford 182.380 24. Robby Gordon Chevrolet 182.283 25. Kyle Busch* Chevrolet 182.195 26. Boris Said Chevrolet 182.043 27. Scott Wimmer Dodge 181.749 28. Ryan Newman Dodge 181.726 29. Travis Kvapil* Dodge 181.351 30. Bill Elliott Dodge 181.228 31. Ken Schrader Dodge 181.141 32. Tony Raines Dodge 180.991 33. Casey Mears Dodge 180.873 34. Rusty Wallace Dodge 180.537 35. Stuart Kirby Chevrolet 180.523 36. Mike Garvey* Ford 180.415 37. Dale Jarrett Ford 180.252 38. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 180.108 39. Jon Wood Ford 179.816 40. Jamie McMurray Dodge 179.744 41. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 179.681 42. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 176.631 43. Hermie Sadler Dodge 176.479 
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