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.