Carl Edwards Wins Coors Light Pole Award for Saturday Night's Air Guard 400
Edwards (#99 Kellogg’s/Cheez-It Ford) grabbed the top spot with a lap of 127.762 mph.
“I didn’t think we’d be able to match Juan [Montoya,]” Edwards said. “I watched the way he went into [turns] 3 and 4 and didn’t think I’d be able to match that. But my guys were great. That was easy. The car did all the work.”
Juan Pablo Montoya (#42 Target Chevrolet) turned a lap of 127.455 mph (21.184 sec) and will start on the front row with Edwards.
“For the conditions, it was pretty good,” said the Columbian. “I was expecting worse; that surprised me.”
A.J. Allmendinger (#43 Insignia HDTV Ford) will start from the inside of row two after posting a lap at 127.101 mph (21.243 sec).
“After watching Juan, I had to ask myself, ‘can I run that fast?’” said Allmendinger.
Clint Bowyer, fastest in the first practice session, continued his solid weekend, posting a lap of 127.077 mph (21.247 sec) and will start on the outside of the second row.
“We’ve had a lot of fun this weekend.” said Bowyer. “It was nerve wracking. Everyone was dropping time so that forced our hand to do something. We made an air pressure adjustment and the thing just took off.”
David Reutimann (#00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota) had a strong qualifying run, putting his racer into the fifth starting position with a lap of 127.017 mph (21.257 sec).
NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick will start the Air Guard 400 from the 20th position tomorrow night “under the lights.” Kyle Busch, who swept the Spring races at Richmond, will start from the 32nd position.
Earlier in the day, Bowyer had the fastest lap of the first practice session. The Richard Childress Racing driver is trying to solidify his spot in “The Chase.” Bowyer clocked a speed of 122.688 mph. Ryan Newman (#39 U.S. ARMY Chevrolet), Montoya, Edwards and Reutimann rounded out the top in the opening practice. Jimmie Johnson had the best 10 lap run with an average speed of 120.768 mph, beating out Scott Speed’s 120.517 mph. Edwards posted the fastest lap in final practice session, turning a lap at 125.290 mph. Paul Menard (#98 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Ford) and Greg Biffle (#16 3M Ford) were second and third fastest in the final practice.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill NASCAR Weekend at Richmond is headlined by the Air Guard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, September 11. Saturday’s Air Guard 400 is “One Last Race to Make the Chase.” Once the checkered flag drops, the field will be set for the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Only the top 12 drivers in the point standings will be eligible to win the series championship, making this one of the most important stops on the schedule. Saturday's ticket includes the Night Ranger Coca-Cola Pre-Race Concert and are on-sale and available now by calling 866-455-7223 or clicking here.