On the edge: Edwards wins pole in wild All-Star qualifying round

Carl Edwards scored his only Sprint All-Star Race win to date in 2011.

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Carl Edwards has been the subject of much talk the past few weeks regarding his post-2014 future with Roush Fenway Racing.

On Saturday evening, Edwards made headlines for another reason by winning the pole for Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Edwards set the quickest time under the exhibition race’s unique qualifying format in which each driver completes three laps and makes a mandatory four-tire pit stop with no pit-road speed limit.

"I actually left some on the table in qualifying," Edwards said. "The car’s really fast."

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Edwards, who is in a contract year with RFR, will share the front row for Saturday night’s 5-segment, 90-lap exhibition with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch, who held the pole before Edwards set the session’s fastest 3-lap speed of 146.915 mph.

Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, and reigning six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson completed the top five.

Positions six through 10 on Saturday night’s 22-driver grid belong to Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano.

Kurt Busch, who spent the first half of Saturday qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before hopping on a jet to Charlotte, will start 18th.

As expected, several drivers experienced miscues as they barreled down pit road as fast as possible to the attention of their pit crews.

Among those who lost major time by overshooting their pit stall was three-time series champion Tony Stewart, whose miscue forced his team to replace a gear, transmission and drive shaft following his qualifying run.

"I think I broke something," Stewart radioed to his crew as smoke poured from the rear of his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy after leaving pit road. "I can smell it pretty bad, too."

Stewart and Ryan Newman will both start at the rear of the field because of unapproved adjustments to their cars during a post-qualifying impound period.

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