JGR driver claims back-to-back poles at Loudon, Indy RELATED: Full Indy lineup INDIANAPOLIS -- If Toyota and Ford are to break the Chevrolet stranglehold on Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the two manufacturers took a positive step in that direction during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series time trials on Saturday. Underscoring the recent resurgence of Joe Gibbs Racing , Carl Edwards toured the 2.5-mile track in 49.056 seconds (183.464 mph) to put his No. 19 Toyota on the pole for Sunday's Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at The Brickyard (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, IMS, SiriusXM), edging Joey Logano 's Team Penske Ford (183.139 mph) by .087 seconds. David Ragan (182.886 mph) qualified third in the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. Fourth-place qualifier Tony Stewart (182.823 mph) had the fastest Chevrolet in the final round. Chevrolets have won the last 12 Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis. Stewart, though, had the fastest lap of the afternoon (185.547 mph) in the first round of time trials, which trimmed the number of drivers eligible for the pole from 46 to 12. The Coors Light Pole Award was Edwards' first at the Brickyard, his second of the season, his second in a row and the 15th of his career. "After yesterday, this is amazing," Edwards said. "We started so slow yesterday and we struggled. I think at one point (crew chief) Darian (Grubb) and I were looking at each other going, 'What are we going to do here?' "It was a struggle, and everybody buckled down, worked hard -- I'm so proud of my guys. TRD and Toyota have been putting so much effort into this whole program. Stanley has been behind us 100 percent -- not just me, but Matt Kenseth and our whole team. This is big. It will be neat to start up front." Kyle Busch , Edwards' JGR teammate, will start ninth on Sunday in search of his third consecutive victory in the Sprint Cup Series. Sidelined for the first 11 events of the season by injuries sustained in an accident at Daytona in February, Busch has won three of the last four races and has seven races left in which to regain eligibility for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by finishing the regular season in the top 30 in the series standings. Entering Sunday's race, Busch is 33rd in points, 58 behind David Gilliland in 30th place. Behind Stewart, Kyle Larson , Kevin Harvick , Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr . will line up fifth through eighth on the grid. After qualifying, Logano and Ragan were quick to point out an unusual coincidence. Edwards, Logano and Ragan started 1-2-3, in that order, a week before at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a one-mile flat track. The Sprint Cup cars are running a completely different high-drag aerodynamic package this week, with a nine-inch-tall rear spoiler and a one-inch wicker. Last week at Loudon, the cars featured the regular 2015 rules package with a six-inch spoiler. "David and I were just laughing up here that these are the same three race cars that started up front at Loudon," Logano said. "A completely different race track, different package and the same cars are fast. It's good for us. We're close. Second always hurts, but it's nice to be up toward the front, especially here." Jeff Gordon 's final run at Indianapolis as a full-time driver didn't start the way the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet would have hoped. "I really think our 3M Chevrolet is really good," said Gordon, who qualified 19th. "It's been good all weekend. I feel like I underestimated the grip. I had a little wiggle out of three coming to the green and that concerned me slightly. The grip was there in Turn 4, and I was aggressive into Turn 1, but not aggressive enough. "That's what's disappointing; it wasn't a balance issue or a speed issue. I didn't get enough speed through (Turn) 1. It adds up with this new package. Yeah, I'm pretty disappointed to start back there." Notes: Josh Wise , Jeb Burton and Reed Sorenson failed to make the 43-car field. ... Ryan Newman ’s time was disallowed because he ran his lap without the mandatory right-side window in his car. Newman will start 43rd on Sunday on a provisional.
Miss Coors Light, Amanda Mertz, catches up with Carl Edwards after he secures his second pole in as many weeks and his first at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Joe Gibbs Racing driver scores first pole since 2013 RELATED: Full starting lineup for New Hampshire " See how every car looks LOUDON, N.H. -- As Carl Edwards put it, "things just feel right." That was Edwards' take on the state of affairs at Joe Gibbs Racing , after he put his No. 19 Toyota on the pole for Sunday's 5-hour ENERGY 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). "Right now it just feels right," said Edwards, who toured the Magic Mile in 28.179 seconds (135.164 mph) in Friday's qualifying session to earn his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his first at New Hampshire and the 14th of his career. "It's just cool, man. My expectation is to do the best we can (on Sunday). My hope is that we win this thing. ... We've been working very hard to bring this team together to be the best that we can be. It just feels right. This is cool. It's a lot of fun." With JGR teammate Kyle Busch winning last Saturday’s event at Kentucky, the organization placed all its drivers in the top five, with Denny Hamlin , Edwards and Matt Kenseth trailing second-place Joey Logano of Team Penske . Coincidentally, Logano (135.021 mph) qualified second to Edwards on Friday, with Michael Waltrip Racing 's David Ragan third (also at 135.021 mph) and Busch (134.025 mph) and Hamlin (134.601 mph) fourth and fifth, respectively. Edwards, who improved dramatically on his previous average starting position of 14.9 at New Hampshire, didn’t believe initially that he had won the pole until he got reassurance from crew chief Darian Grubb. On the other hand, Logano wasn't particularly thrilled to run second to a Gibbs driver for the second time in six days. "Second -- it seems like the story of our week, coming off Kentucky with a strong second-place run and then qualifying second here as well," Logano said. "Not that I'm complaining about it, but it's not much fun finishing second, being so close to getting trophies and pole flags and all the fun stuff. "There's not really much fun that happens when you finish second, but we're close. We've got speed in our race car once again." Danica Patrick advanced to the second round of knockout qualifying and will start 20th, one spot behind Dale Earnhardt Jr . Jeff Gordon , still seeking his first victory in his last season of full-time Sprint Cup racing, will start 23rd. "Yeah, it's not been a good day for us with the No. 24 car," Gordon acknowledged. "We've been struggling getting the car to do what we need it to do. Just real tight through the center, need to get it to rotate, need some front grip, so we will go to work on it (Saturday in practice). "It's disappointing that we didn't qualify better. We typically qualify well here and perform well here. We'll put this day behind us and go work on it tomorrow and get it ready for Sunday." Reed Sorenson , this week's driver in the Premium Motorsports No. 62 Chevrolet, failed to qualify for the 43-car field for the fifth time this season. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Joe Gibbs Racing sweeps top three in New Hampshire qualifying RELATED: Qualifying results Denny Hamlin scooted to the Coors Light Pole Award in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin blasted to a fast lap of 131.026 mph, putting the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota in the first starting spot for Saturday's Lakes Region 200 (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM). His second pole position of the season was his first at the 1.058-mile track and his 18th in the XFINITY Series. Kyle Busch posted the second-fastest lap in the No. 54 Toyota at 130.443 mph, more than a tenth of a second slower than his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate. Rookie Daniel Suarez clinched a 1-2-3 sweep for Gibbs-owned cars, pushing the No. 18 Toyota to the third-fastest lap at 130.238 mph. Brad Keselowski drove the Team Penske No. 22 Ford to the fourth-fastest lap. Brian Scott completed the top five in the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet. Sprint Cup regulars Busch and Keselowski have monopolized New Hampshire's Victory Lane in the last six XFINITY events. Busch swept from 2009-11 and added a 2013 win; Keselowski posted XFINITY wins at the relatively flat oval in 2012 and '14. Ryan Sieg knocked Brennan Poole out of the final, five-minute round as the 12th and final driver above the cut line. XFINITY points leader Chris Buescher was also among those failing to make the final round, managing just the 20th-fastest lap in the 10-minute Round 2. Brendan Gaughan was the final driver to make the 24-driver cut after the opening 20-minute round. He edged Cale Conley by .072 seconds to advance. The session was interrupted midway through when Matt Frahm spun in the No. 79 Chevrolet. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kyle Larson will lead the field to green at Kentucky Speedway as he won the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz talks with Carl Edwards after winning his first pole at New Hamphshire Motor Speedway.
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Team Penske takes two of top three spots in the starting grid SHOP: Logano gear " RELATED: See all 43 cars at Kansas " Full starting lineup KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Joey Logano strengthened his standing as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' 2015 Qualifying Meister on Friday night as he won the Coors Light Pole Award for Saturday night's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). The pole was the fourth in 11 attempts this year for the Team Penske driver and his second in the last three weeks. "Definitely cool to get another pole," Logano said. Logano, who had never won more than two poles in a season in his previous six full seasons in Cup, was asked about his sudden ability to dominate in qualifying. "Last year it took us pretty much the whole year to get one pole," he said. "We won a lot of first and second sessions but we'd fall on our face in the third session. So it's pretty special to be able to figure out these third sessions and still have a lot of speed in our car when we get to those rounds. You don't get anything for winning the first and second rounds is what I figured out last year." Logano nailed the pole with a lap at 192.397 mph and in 28.067 seconds in his Team Penske Ford. It was a lap that knocked teammate Brad Keselowski (who posted a lap at 191.857 mph/28.146 seconds) off the pole and it was a lap that kept Kasey Kahne (191.911 mph/28.138 seconds) of Hendrick Motorsports from knocking Logano off late in the third and final round of knockout qualifying. Keselowski will start P3 on Saturday. Next to him in the second row will be Martin Truex Jr . in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet. There were several surprises in Friday's qualifying session. Perhaps the biggest of those was the performance of Erik Jones . The 18-year-old Jones, who is occupying the seat of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota because of the injury to regular driver Kyle Busch , was making his first qualifying run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Jones responded by advancing to the final round and then putting down a lap that was sixth fastest. "I thought it was pretty good," Jones, who earlier in the day posted the fastest lap in the final Cup practice of the day, said. "It was nice to make the final round, it was good for us. Our teammates are pretty fast this weekend and I’ve been leaning on them." Another interesting surprise was Greg Biffle . Biffle, driving the No. 16 Ford, became the first Roush Fenway Racing driver to advance to a final round of knockout qualifying. His lap at 191.015 mph was the seventh fastest of the final round. "We just got a little better speed in our car and this race track has been pretty good for us," Biffle, a former winner at Kansas, said. "We barely made the first round and barely made the second and then I just drove it – over drove it. I just said I was going to go for it. I didn't care what happened. I was 11th so I kind of had nothing to lose and that is a hell of an improvement and a great accomplishment. The fact is though that we have to find that speed for the race now and we are celebrating a seventh and three years ago we would be mad right now. I am excited we are seventh and not 27th but at the same time we will keep our head down and keep improving on it." Carl Edwards , who during a press conference earlier on Friday beat himself up pretty badly for getting off to a slow start in his first year with Joe Gibbs Racing , advanced to the final round of qualifying and will start fifth. "We've really tried to focus all of our efforts," Edwards said after qualifying. "We've had bad luck and some problems and it's time to really get going here. Everybody has really stepped up and our Stanley Toyota is great. If we can just have a good, solid race tomorrow and perform the way we know we can, then it's going to be great. And Erik Jones has helped a ton today too so everybody is coming together and hopefully it yields a good result." Edwards led the first round of qualifying as he went out early in the 20-minute session, posted a lap at 192.342 mph. Second fastest was Logano of with a lap at 191.904 mph. In the second, 24-driver round, Truex Jr. went out to take his lap with just over five minutes left in the 10-minute round and responded with a session-best lap at 191.986 mph. It was a lap that kept Edwards from topping both sessions. Failing to make the third round were such notables as six-time champion Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports , teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr ., and former series champions Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth . The only driver to miss the race was Brendan Gaughan , who was driving the No. 62 of Premium Motorsports.
Greg Biffle joins Hamlin on front row for Saturday's race RELATED: Full qualifying results Denny Hamlin will start first in the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race after winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday. Hamlin turned in a qualifying time of 145.648 mph on the 1.5-mile track. The top five also includes Greg Biffle (144.643 mph), Brad Keselowski (144.349), Clint Bowyer (144.256) and Kasey Kahne (143.625). Danica Patrick qualified sixth, one spot ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr . TV coverage of the race begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1; the green flag is scheduled to drop at 9:16 p.m. ET. After missing the first 11 races of the year due to a broken leg and foot suffered in an accident at Daytona in February, Kyle Busch is making his season debut at the All-Star Race. Kyle Busch , who had the fastest practice lap at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, qualified 19th out of 20 drivers. The race includes four segments of 25 laps, and the average finishing position determines the order for the final 10-lap sprint to the finish. The winner earns $1 million. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule