Atlanta Motor Speedway Starting Lineup: Carl Edwards Tops Nationwide Qualifying

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Carl Edwards, fresh off a new contract with Fastenal on the Sprint Cup side, topped qualifying with his Fastenal Ford Mustang on the Nationwide side with a speed of 179.452 mph (30.894 seconds).

“I just gotta thank Fastenal,” said Edwards following his qualifying lap. “This car is amazing. Have to thank everyone at the shop. Once this race starts though, it’s a long night of managing tires and managing the balance.”

Edwards knocked Brad Keselowski off of the provisional pole with only Aric Almriola left to qualify in Saturday’s session. Almirola qualified a disappointing 11th after he was quickest in first practice.

Following Edwards and Keselowski will be the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas of Kyle Busch and rookie Ryan Truex. Points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Trevor Bayne fill row three. Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top 10.

Two drivers failed to qualify: Brian Keselowski and Mike Harmon.

Here is your starting lineup for Saturday night’s Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
1. Carl Edwards
2. Brad Keselowski
3. Kyle Busch
4. Ryan Truex
5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
6. Trevor Bayne
7. Kasey Kahne
8. Kevin Harvick
9. Elliott Sadler
10. Jamie McMurray
11. Aric Almirola
12. Reed Sorenson
13. Steve Wallace
14. Justin Allgaier
15. Mike Bliss
16. Jason Leffler
17. Joe Nemechek
18. Mike Wallace
19. Brian Scott
20. Kenny Wallace
21. Jeremy Clements
22. Timmy Hill
23. Matt Carter
24. Michael Annett
25. Johnny Chapman
26. Eric McClure
27. Blake Koch
28. Jeff Green
29. T.J. Bell
30. Scott Riggs
31. John Jackson
32. Chase Miller
33. Tim Andrews
34. Jennifer Jo Cobb
35. Robert Richardson Jr.
36. Josh Wise
37. Mark Green
38. Carl Long
39. Kevin Lepage
40. Dennis Setzer
41. Morgan Shepherd
42. Derrike Cope
43. Clay Greenfield

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