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2012 Daytona 500 Qualifying: Carl Edwards Lands Top Pole Position

After placing second in last year's Daytona 500, Columbia native Carl Edwards will be starting this year's race in the pole position after finishing first in the qualifying event that occurred on Sunday afternoon. Only the pole position and outside pole position were determined on Sunday.

Edwards turned in a lap of 194.738 mph in the qualifier to take the top spot. Fellow Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle finished second in the event with a 194.087 mph speed, just behind Edwards' figure. Biffle will be in the second spot. Last year, Edwards qualified for the Daytona 500 in the No. 22 spot, but he managed to finish second in the race.

Here are the qualifying results – note: NOT the starting lineup – from Daytona 500 qualifying (non-guaranteed drivers in bold):

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Greg Biffle
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Marcos Ambrose
  5. Casey Mears
  6. Jeff Gordon
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  9. Trevor Bayne * (clinched berth in Daytona 500)
  10. Tony Stewart
  11. Mark Martin
  12. Jimmie Johnson
  13. AJ Allmendinger
  14. Paul Menard
  15. David Ragan
  16. Matt Kenseth
  17. Ryan Newman
  18. AJ Allmendinger
  19. Brad Keselowski
  20. Kevin Harvick
  21. Joey Logano
  22. Clint Bowyer
  23. Jeff Burton
  24. Juan Pablo Montoya
  25. Kasey Kahne
  26. Tony Raines * (clinched berth in Daytona 500)
  27. David Stremme * (clinched berth in Daytona 500)
  28. Kyle Busch
  29. Jamie McMurray
  30. Danica Patrick
  31. Kenny Wallace
  32. Terry Labonte * (guaranteed spot via past champion's provisional)
  33. Dave Blaney
  34. Kurt Busch
  35. Elliott Sadler
  36. Michael Waltrip
  37. Joe Nemechek
  38. Denny Hamlin
  39. Regan Smith
  40. Michael McDowell
  41. Landon Cassill
  42. David Gilliland
  43. Bobby Labonte
  44. Bill Elliott
  45. Mike Wallace
  46. David Reutimann
  47. Robert Richardson Jr.
  48. Robby Gordon
  49. JJ Yeley
(via SB Nation)

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