New Hampshire NASCAR: Carl Edwards takes pole for Joe Gibbs Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards will start Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire from pole position

New Hampshire NASCAR: Carl Edwards takes pole for Joe Gibbs Racing

A week after the Toyota team took four of the top five places at Kentucky, Edwards led the way as the JGR quartet all qualified inside the top eight on the one-mile oval.

In taking his 14th career pole, Edwards acknowledged that he "took a huge gamble" in completing only one lap in each of the three qualifying phases.

"I've struggled at this track," Edwards said, "this is big for me."

With his lap in the final five-minute block, 28.179 seconds, Edwards secured pole by just 0.030s from Joey Logano - who topped the second segment - and David Ragan, who set identical times.

Chasing his third win in four events and a spot in the Chase, Edwards' stablemate Kyle Busch will start fourth, with the other JGR Toyotas of Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth qualifying fifth and eighth.

Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson will start sixth and seventh, while Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick also featured in the final phase.

Hillman Smith Motorsports driver Landon Cassill narrowly missed a place with them, settling for 13th, four spots ahead of practice pacesetter Kyle Larson.

The only driver to have contested every top-flight NASCAR race at New Hampshire, Jeff Gordon will start his 40th and final race at the circuit in 23rd place.

Amid a lean run of form, Tony Stewart could not make it through to the second phase of qualifying.

He'll line up 25th, one spot ahead of another three-time New Hampshire winner, Ryan Newman.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.179s -
2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 28.209s 0.030s
3 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.209s 0.030s
4 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.271s 0.092s
5 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.297s 0.118s
6 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.298s 0.119s
7 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.318s 0.139s
8 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.333s 0.154s
9 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.340s 0.161s
10 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.419s 0.240s
11 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.424s 0.245s
12 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.511s 0.332s
13 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 28.387s -
14 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.408s -
15 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 28.415s -
16 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.422s -
17 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.466s -
18 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.469s -
19 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.538s -
20 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.541s -
21 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 28.551s -
22 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.598s -
23 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.623s -
24 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.654s -
25 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.664s -
26 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.699s -
27 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.719s -
28 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.722s -
29 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.739s -
30 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.740s -
31 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.770s -
32 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.817s -
33 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.832s -
34 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.930s -
35 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 28.993s -
36 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 29.081s -
37 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.127s -
38 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 29.231s -
39 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 29.438s -
40 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 29.502s -
41 Eddie MacDonald Go FAS Racing Ford 29.527s -
42 Derek White Circle Sport Chevrolet 30.189s -
43 Timmy Hill Phil Parsons Racing Ford 37.333s -
44 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 29.431s -


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