Edwards wins Cup pole; Dillon wins Truck race
Driver Carl Edwards smiles after he took the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Driver Carl Edwards (99) drives his car onto pit row after qualifying Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at the Texas Motor Speedway, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. Edwards qualified on the pole. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)
FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson qualified third for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas, one row ahead of Matt Kenseth.
Johnson and Kenseth are tied for the points lead going into tomorrow’s race.
Carl Edwards starts on the pole after a qualifying lap of 196.114 mph yesterday. Edwards earned his first pole at Texas, where he is the only three-time Cup winner.
The polesitter has won the last two races at the high-banked 1 ½-mile track.
Brad Keselowski starts on the front row after a fast lap of 196.100 mph, just ahead of Johnson’s 195.943 mph. Kenseth qualified sixth.
Jeff Gordon starts eighth, the same as he did in April at the track before finishing 38th because of a suspension problem. He is third in points, 27 behind Johnson and Kenseth.
Ty Dillon led 130 of the 147 laps for a dominating victory in the Truck Series race at Texas, while Matt Crafton had another top-10 finish last night to move closer to a season championship.
Crafton finished 10th and has a 46-point lead over defending series champion James Buescher with two races left.
While describing the No. 88 Toyota as “horrendously bad” early, Crafton’s crew kept making adjustments. He was running around 19th late in the race.
Dillon drove the No. 3 Chevrolet to its 100th NASCAR victory across the sanctioning body’s three main series, including the late Dale Earnhardt in Cup races. Dillon was greeted in Victory Lane by Richard Childress, his grandfather and truck owner.
Buescher finished sixth at his home track, a 1 ½-mile, high-banked layout.