NASCAR Brickyard 400: Carl Edwards takes Indianapolis pole position

Carl Edwards claimed a second consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position in qualifying for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis

NASCAR Brickyard 400: Carl Edwards takes Indianapolis pole position

The grid's top three was identical to last weekend's qualifying at New Hampshire, with Edwards beating Joey Logano and David Ragan to pole.

In a session run to the single-lap superspeedway qualifying format, Edwards was eighth in the first round and therefore ran fifth in round two.

He set a time of 49.056 seconds and then held onto top spot as the seven remaining drivers made their attempts, with Logano coming closest but falling 0.087s short.

Tony Stewart topped the first round ahead of Kyle Larson, but they had to settle for fourth and fifth respectively in the second round.

Kevin Harvick took sixth ahead of Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr, with Kyle Busch ninth as he chases a third straight victory.

Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the 12 drivers who made it through to the second round.

Martin Truex Jr and Kurt Busch narrowly failed to make the cut, taking 13th and 14th respectively.

Edwards' Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Denny Hamlin was the last to run in the opening round after setting the best time in practice but he was only 17th, two spots ahead of 2014 Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon.

Others to miss out included another JGR driver Matt Kenseth in 23rd and Hendrick's Kasey Kahne in 27th.

Brad Keselowski could only muster 31st in his Penske Ford after a slight brush with the wall, while Ryan Newman was 36th after running without his right-side window, an infraction that meant he was put to the back of the grid.

STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 49.056s
2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 0.087s
3 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 0.155s
4 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.172s
5 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0.223s
6 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.273s
7 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 0.291s
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.311s
9 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.319s
10 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0.330s
11 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 0.387s
12 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.398s
13 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 0.060s
14 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.105s
15 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.124s
16 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 0.214s
17 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.222s
18 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 0.264s
19 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.289s
20 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 0.297s
21 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 0.330s
22 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 0.364s
23 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.373s
24 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 0.411s
25 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 0.414s
26 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 0.419s
27 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.562s
28 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.658s
29 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 0.678s
30 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 0.690s
31 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 0.708s
32 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 0.729s
33 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 0.814s
34 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 0.826s
35 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 0.854s
36 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 0.938s
37 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 1.091s
38 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 1.108s
39 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 1.118s
40 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 1.248s
41 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 1.569s
42 Timmy Hill Phil Parsons Racing Ford 5.155s
43 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet -
44 Josh Wise Go FAS Racing Ford 1.240s
45 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 2.031s
46 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 2.508s

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