Edwards knocks out quick lap for Homestead pole

Edwards knocks out quick lap for Homestead pole

Tony Stewart should be getting nervous. The cards seem to be falling Carl Edwards way heading into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Edwards knocked out the quickest lap in Bud pole qualifying, posting a 176.051 mph. Carl ...

Tony Stewart should be getting nervous. The cards seem to be falling Carl Edwards way heading into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Edwards knocked out the quickest lap in Bud pole qualifying, posting a 176.051 mph.

Carl Edwards.
Photo by Kurt Dahlstrom.
"That's a great qualifying effort," said Edwards. "I actually screwed up a little bit in turn three there. I didn't do my job perfectly. We'll just go race. I'm so pumped about these new Office Depot Fords they built me.

"They're great race cars. I love racing them and I'm just excited to race tomorrow.

Edwards is third in championship standings just 87 points outside of   .
first It is his second pole of the season and his career               .

"I know what the numbers are," said Edwards of his championship hopes. "I don't have any options except to go out and try and lead the most laps and win the race. Anything other than winning this race on Sunday is going to be disappointing for us."

Ryan Newman will start on the outside pole with a lap of 176.039 mph. Newman and fellow Dodge driver Kasey Kahne are both running a 2004 Intrepid this weekend instead of the new Charger. NASCAR allows teams to run old body types for three years after making a make change.

"It wasn't perfect but it was good," said Newman who earlier in the day earned the Busch pole. "We are excited about seeing what we can do in the race."

Kahne starts third, "It was a really good lap. Probably the best qualifying lap I have made in a long time. It is the best I have felt in the car in a long time."

Kyle Busch and Mark Martin complete the top five.

"It was good," Busch said. "That was a pretty good lap. The first lap, I just tried to make a good secure lap and the car drove really well. The second lap I tried just a little bit harder and just got a little too loose getting into the corner."

Championship leader Tony Stewart will take the green flag from 20th; he spun the No. 20 Chevy yesterday in practice.

"We didn't go out with the intention of getting the pole or anything," commented Stewart. "We just wanted to make a qualifying lap. We didn't do a qualifying run last night because I spun, and that took our qualifying set- up away from us."

Second places Jimmie Johnson had a horrible qualifying effort scoring 32nd.

"Well I didn't make a qualifying run in practice yesterday," Johnson said. "We were really going to roll the dice. We feel like we have a really good race car. We worked on it last night and we were really pleased with the car. Today, it's sort of the chance you take when you don't tape up and see what the balance is going to be."

Notably, Denny Hamlin and Michael Waltrip both wrecked during their attempts.

Forty-eight cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field; failing to make the field were Morgan Shepard, Derrike Cope, Carl Long, Chad Chaffin and Mike Garvey.

Could there be a quandary with NASCAR's plans for the weekend? Tropical storm Gamma is poised off the coast of Florida - one scenario has it moving through the region bringing extreme constant rain to South Florida.

While time-trial efforts were completed under threatening skies, drops of rain were beginning to fall as it ended putting the Busch event in jeopardy much like last night when the Truck race was delayed until early this morning.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Derrike Cope , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Chad Chaffin , Carl Edwards , Carl Long , Denny Hamlin , Mike Garvey , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin