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Advantage Edwards - takes Homestead pole

Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 4:35 pm
By Pete Pistone


HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Carl Edwards made a bold statement on Saturday by winning the pole for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup point leader will lead the field to the green in Sunday's season finale while championship competitor Tony Stewart starts fifteenth.

"This doesn't dampen the amount of effort we're going to put forth we're still going to go out there and race our race," said Edwards. "This is going really well so far and hopefully this helps us in the hole race."

Edwards has a three point advantage over Stewart coming into the finale and has an excellent shot at gaining a lucrative bonus point early on Sunday with his premium starting spot.

It was Edwards's tenth career Sprint Cup pole and third this season. The two-time Homestead winner scored his second pole at the 1.5-mile track.

But Stewart is not overly concerned about his title counterpart's qualifying success or his starting his position.

"Don't start etching his name on the trophy yet,'' Stewart said. (Edwards) put up a fast lap. His lap times fell off when he did a long run. Ours don't fall of as hard as his."

Stewart, who has carried a laid back attitude with him throughout the week including some good natured ribbing of Edwards, said he's had a lot of fun trading quips.

"I was kinda having fun talking with him. He's kind of an easy target," Stewart said. "It's like bringing a knife to a gun fight."

Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.

Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin completed the top ten qualifiers.

Sunday's Ford 400 is slated for a 3:15 p.m. ET green flag.

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