Carl Edwards Wins The Pole Position For The Stater Bros. 300
Carl Edwards didn’t have much time to soak in the accomplishment in taking the pole position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Stater Bros. 300 Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway. He had somewhere to be.
Moments after winning the Coors Light Pole Award, the 29-year-old quickly met with members of the media and was then whisked away to the Auto Club Speedway Walk of Fame ceremonies where hundreds of fans waited to catch a glimpse of their favorite racer.
Edwards, driving the No. 60 Scotts Ford car in qualifying, was honored in a short ceremony along with Speedway President Gillian Zucker. Edwards was presented and then placed his plaque in cement before making an imprint of both feet and then signing his signature and No. 99 in the cement. Edwards was honored for winning last year’s Auto Club 500. Edwards will race his No. 99 Aflac car from the No. 25 position in Sunday’s Auto Club 500.
“That’s a whole lot of teeth in bronze,” Edwards kidded. “This is just great. I actually did some concrete work as kid. It’s tough work.”
The winning pole time of 40.068 (179.695 mph) was the 12th pole in 143 NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Edwards.
Edwards was also presented with a No. 99 surfboard by Ohana Kemp. “I’ve surfed before in eight, 10 (pause) … inch waves,” Edwards joked. “This is really great. Thank you so much. It means a lot.”
Kyle Busch (#18, Z-Line Designs Toyota) was second posting his first Top 10 start of 2009 and sixth in nine races at Auto Club Speedway. His time was 40.255 (178.860 mph).
Michael McDowell (#47, Pacific Packaging Group Toyota) was third in qualifying Saturday, posting his first Top 10 start at Auto Club Speedway coming in at 40.423 (178.116 mph).
Mike Bliss (#1, Miccosukee Resorts Chevrolet ) was fourth at 40.468 (177.918 mph) and Greg Biffle (#16, CitiFinancial Ford) was fifth at 40.569 (177.475 mph).