Only three races remain in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, as well as for the season, and Carl Edwards is out to make the most of it at Texas.
Edwards won the pole for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway when he posted a qualifying lap of 196.114 mph in 27.535 seconds. The pole win Friday gave Edwards his first Texas pole, as well as his second of the 2013 season.
Heading into Sunday’s race at Texas as the pole sitter, Edwards will attempt to capture another win at the track. He is a three-time winner at Texas.
Joining Edwards on the front row will be Brad Keselowski. Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson qualified in third, followed by Paul Menard and Kyle Busch to close out the top five.
Matt Kenseth, who is tied with Johnson in the points lead, qualified in sixth.
The race at Texas may be the eighth race in the 2013 chase, but it will feature a couple of scenarios prior to the green flag. Both Johnson and Kenseth are tied at the top spot in the championship hunt, and Texas could be the opportunity to place a gap between the two. Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick are both 27 an 28 points behind, respectively, and are waiting for the chance to catch up to the leaders. Busch isn’t that far behind either at 36 points back.
The season is starting to wind down and tensions can raise with the upcoming three races as the final chance at the championship begin Sunday.