Edwards Secures First All-Star Pole

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The No. 99 Ford will also carry a special tribute to the late Dick Trickle during Saturday’s race. Edwards said after conversations with his crew that they opted to replace his name on the car with Trickle’s for the Sprint All-Star Race.

“Dick Trickle is a hero to more than half of the crew. Jimmy (Fennig, crew chief) worked with him,” Edwards said. “Putting his name above the door was a good idea. Hopefully his family is doing the best they can.”

Kurt Busch will start second in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet.

“To unload today and to have a good practice session and then to execute coming onto pit road at 157 mph, it’s pretty wild,” Busch said. “It is like a step back in time when you get the chance to throw caution to the wind and let her rip coming on pit road. It was fun.”

Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle and Joey Logano completed the top five.

Several drivers had difficulties with the high-speed pit stop, including Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson. All three overshot their pit stalls during their qualifying efforts, costing all of them valuable seconds.

Harvick’s crew actually pitted his car outside of the pit box, resulting in his time being disallowed. He was going to start at the rear of the field anyway after changing an engine following practice earlier Friday afternoon.

Other drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth, were hit with five second penalties for loose lugnuts following the mandatory pit stop.

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Adam Fenwick
Adam Fenwick is the Associate Editor of SPEEDSPORT.com and SPEED SPORT Magazine. Both a writer and photographer, you can find him at race tracks across the Southeast covering anything from asphalt late models to dirt sprint cars.