By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – Carl Edwards won his second straight pole at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading Joe Gibbs Racing’s Olympic-style sweep of the top three spots in qualifying Friday for the Saturday night race.
Edwards had a fast lap of 131.407 mph on the concrete surface of the half-mile track. He bested teammates Denny Hamlin in second and Kyle Busch in third.
Hamlin set the Bristol qualifying record of 131.668 mph in the first of NASCAR’s three rounds of knockout qualifications.
Ryan Blaney was fourth, his Ford disrupting a quartet of JGR racers as he finished a tick in front of Matt Kenseth.
Chase Elliott was sixth, followed by Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.
Edwards will look to match his spring feat here of winning from the pole.