Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Carl Edwards won Sunday's time trials for
the Daytona 500 while his teammate, Greg Biffle, secured the outside pole to
give Roush Fenway Racing and Ford the front starting row for the February 26
race at Daytona International Speedway.
Edwards benefited from weather conditions when he made his qualifying attempt
early in the session. He was the fifth driver in the field of 49 to make his
run. The winds at Daytona intensified during the session and therefore
lowered speeds on the cars. Gusts reached as high as 40 m.p.h.
Edwards turned a lap at 194.738 m.p.h. around the high-banked 2.5-mile
superspeedway for his first Daytona 500 pole. It was also his 11th career pole
in the Sprint Cup Series.
The qualifying order for the Daytona 500 was determined in a random draw.
Qualifying for all other Sprint Cup point races are determined by overall
practice speeds for each event.
Biffle, the ninth driver in the qualifying order, posted a lap at 194.087
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won the pole for last year's Daytona 500, finished
third in time trials, followed by Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears.
Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, the
defending Daytona 500 winner, and Tony Stewart, who is the reigning series
champion, were sixth through 10th, respectively.
Danica Patrick, making her Sprint Cup debut at Daytona, was 30th fastest with
a lap at 191.738 m.p.h. Patrick is already guaranteed a starting position in
the 500-mile race based on last year's top-35 owner points.
While Edwards and Biffle have secured the front row for the Daytona 500, the
remaining 43-car field for the 54th running of NASCAR's most prestigious race
of the season will be determined in Thursday's Gatorade Duel twin 150-mile
Three drivers outside the top-35 in points -- Bayne, Tony Raines and David
Stremme -- have also locked down a position in the Daytona 500 based on their
qualifying speeds. Terry Labonte at least earned the champion's provisional
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