BUSCH: Edwards gets first career pole in Vegas

BUSCH: Edwards gets first career pole in Vegas

Roush Racing's Carl Edwards grabbed his first NASCAR Busch Series pole with a 170.951 mph run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Edwards jumped into his No. 60 World Financial Group Ford after having a not so stellar Nextel Cup Series qualifying ...

Roush Racing's Carl Edwards grabbed his first NASCAR Busch Series pole with a 170.951 mph run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Edwards jumped into his No. 60 World Financial Group Ford after having a not so stellar Nextel Cup Series qualifying run.

Carl Edwards.
Photo by Kurt Dahlstrom.
"The Cup car didn't do all that well. I guess I was a little bit frustrated," Edwards said. "That (Busch run) was a shot in the dark and it turned out to be a good lap."

The rookie in the Busch series, Edwards bested the lap put down by Elliott Sadler (170.181 mph). Earlier, Sadler had lost the Cup Bud Pole to Ryan Newman by just a blink of an eye.

"I'm running the Busch car at these places to get me more in tune with it or try some things or what have you," said Sadler. "So that's why we came up with the Busch deal to try to help us in that area - to just try to fill in the valleys a little bit to try to go along with my mile-and-a-half program, which we think right now is pretty good but there is always room for improvement so it should be of benefit everywhere we go."

Edwards is the first Busch rookie to ever land a pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"I didn't expect that," said Edwards. "The team has done such a great job with this Busch program."

The two Fords will lead the 43 car field to the green flag for the Sam's Town 300 on Saturday.

Chevy drivers rounded out the top five with Kyle Busch third followed by Shane Hmiel and Clint Bowyer.

Fifty-one drivers made an attempt to qualify for the forty-three car field. Failing to make the show were Michael Waltrip, Ken Schrader, Jerry Robertson, Eric Jones, John Hayden, Jeff Fuller, Shane Hall, and Damon Lusk.

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