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Carl Edwards Snags Sonoma Pole

Carl Edwards can now say he’s won a pole at Sonoma Raceway.

The driver of the No. 19 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series worked his Joe Gibbs Racing car to the top of the leaderboard Saturday, June 25, to score the pole position for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350(k). The achievement marks Edwards’ second road course pole in his career and his third pole of 2016. Edwards did so with a fast lap of 95.777 mph.

Alongside him on the front row, AJ Allmendinger starts second after rattling off a speed of 95.676 mph in his No. 47. Martin Truex, Jr., Kurt Busch and first practice winner Kyle Larson follow them inside the top 5.

Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Tony Stewart, making his final Sonoma start, rounded out the top 10.

In all, 41 cars attempted to make the field, meaning one failed to qualify: Cody Ware, in Premium Motorsports’ No. 55. Had he made the race, it would have been Ware’s Sprint Cup debut.

One driver who will make his debut is Dylan Lupton, who qualified BK Racing’s extra No. 93 in 38th.

A full lineup for Sunday’s race can be found here.

The Toyota/Save Mart 350(k) will be held Sunday, June 26, at 3 p.m. ET. The race will be televised on FOX Sports 1.

About the author

Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.

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