Edwards Secures First All-Star Pole

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Carl Edwards will start from the pole Saturday night during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. (Adam Fenwick/AKFPhotos.com Photo)
Carl Edwards will start from the pole Saturday night during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. (Adam Fenwick/AKFPhotos.com Photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – Speed limits? Who needs speed limits?

The stars of NASCAR were thrown a curveball when series officials opted to do away with the pit road speed limit during NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race qualifying. Some were able to hit the curveball without issue, while others swung and missed.

Carl Edwards was able to put together the best qualifying effort in the unique conditions, earning the pole for the 2013 running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Busch was able to complete three laps around Charlotte Motor Speedway, complete with a high-speed pit stop that saw him enter pit road at more than 150 mph, in 111.297 seconds.

It was Edwards’s first All-Star race pole in his eighth appearance in the exhibition event.

“All I heard everyone talking about was how fast Kurt Busch was coming on pit road in practice,” Edwards said. “When he set that lap up there, I was pretty certain you were going to have to get pretty insane to beat that.

“I wish we did this kind of thing more often,” Edwards said.

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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.