SONOMA, CA â€“ Carl Edwards was quickest in the first round of Sprint Cup qualifying, and in the second and final round, was able to once again lay down the fastest lap, clinching the pole for Sundayâ€™s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
Coming into Saturdayâ€™s qualifying session, the Colombia, MO native had confidence on his side. The No.19 Joe Gibbs Racing machine was top-5 in both of Fridayâ€™s practice sessions, sparking chatter in the garage area that Edwards was going to be one of the top contenders for the pole.
â€śJust canâ€™t say enough about my guys,â€ť said Edwards after qualifying on FS1. â€śThis car is fast. Our Stanley Toyota is good. We are out here in Toyota country â€“ TRD – David Wilson just came over. Itâ€™s cool to have Toyota on pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.â€ť
It is the No.19 Stanley Toyota driverâ€™s 19th career pole and his third of the 2016 season, putting him atop of the list for most poles so far this season. Edwards and his team continue to show up to every racetrack with strong cars, something the driver gives credit to his Joe Gibbs Racing team for.
â€śDave (crew chief) is unreal,â€ť said Edwards. â€śI am just so fortunate to have him and have this crew and everybody at JGR. Itâ€™s so neat. My teammates have helped me a ton. I just hope we can put this together for another win.â€ť
AJ Allmendinger qualified his No.47 Ralphâ€™s/Kingsford Chevrolet in second, his fourth top-10 start of 2016 and his fourth in eight races at Sonoma Raceway.
â€śDefinitely a big gain from where we were yesterday. We still got to go to work, still have to figure out our race trim but a good start to our race weekend,â€ť said Allmendinger after qualifying on FS1. â€śWe just got to go out and have a solid day.â€ť
Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, and Tony Stewart rounded out the rest of the top-10 qualifiers.
Sundayâ€™s race is scheduled to get the green flag at 3:00 ET. Tune into Fox Sports 1 to catch the first left and right turn race of the season at Sonoma Raceway.