Carl Edwards races to road course pole at Sonoma

Carl Edwards celebrates his third pole of the season at Sonoma Raceway Saturday.

Carl Edwards celebrates his third pole of the season at Sonoma Raceway Saturday.

Carl Edwards has been on fire this season and Saturday he showed no signs of cooling off anytime soon. Edwards put down a lap of 1:14:799 seconds, 95.777 mph with just over two minutes left in the final round of two rounds of qualifying and will lead the field to the green for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

“That was good,” said Edwards who also led the first 25 minute qualifying round. “My first lap was amazing, the car was really good and then I wasn’t sure about the second lap. It was good enough and that tells you how good the car is.”

The pole is the 19th of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers career, his third of the season and his first at Sonoma where he won in 2014. AJ Allmendinger, known for his road course prowess had the pole briefly after his lap on the 12 turn road course, only to watch Edwards grab the top spot just behind him forcing Allmendinger to settle for second.  Martin Truex Jr., winner here in 2013, will start third with Kurt Busch who led much of the final 10 minutes will start fourth followed by Kyle Larson in fifth.

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