NASCAR Phoenix Starting Lineup: Tony Stewart Qualifies One Position Ahead Of Carl Edwards

Tony Stewart trumped Carl Edwards by one spot in the most important qualifying session of the season, but neither of the top two Chase contenders could best Edwards' teammate Matt Kenseth.

Kenseth took the pole position for Sunday's penultimate Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, posting an average speed of 137.101 mph to take his third pole of the season.

Stewart, meanwhile, qualified eighth and will start one position ahead of Edwards (ninth), who is the Chase leader by three points.

The qualifying session was crucial for Edwards and Stewart because Phoenix figures to be a track position game with very little passing. The new surface at Phoenix is proving to be treacherous for drivers, who haven't been able to find an outside groove yet.

Stewart will be stuck starting the race on the outside lane, and may have to hope someone like Chevrolet teammate Paul Menard (11th) lets him in line.

Richard Petty Motorsports teammates AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top three spots.

  1. Matt Kenseth
  2. AJ Allmendinger
  3. Marcos Ambrose
  4. Mark Martin
  5. Martin Truex Jr.
  6. Jamie McMurray
  7. David Reutimann
  8. Tony Stewart
  9. Carl Edwards
  10. Kasey Kahne
  11. Paul Menard
  12. Brad Keselowski
  13. David Ragan
  14. Jeff Burton
  15. Regan Smith
  16. Jimmie Johnson
  17. Kurt Busch
  18. Brian Vickers
  19. Cole Whitt
  20. Robby Gordon
  21. Landon Cassill
  22. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  23. Jeff Gordon
  24. Scott Speed
  25. Joey Logano
  26. Juan Pablo Montoya
  27. Kevin Harvick
  28. Clint Bowyer
  29. Greg Biffle
  30. Ryan Newman
  31. Bobby Labonte
  32. Joe Nemechek
  33. Denny Hamlin
  34. Kyle Busch
  35. Michael McDowell
  36. Mike Skinner
  37. Travis Kvapil
  38. Casey Mears
  39. Dave Blaney
  40. Mike Bliss
  41. Geoff Bodine
  42. JJ Yeley
  43. David Gilliland
DNQ: Scott Riggs, David Stremme, Andy Lally
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