Duck Commander 500 Qualifying
Date: April 8, 2016
Event: Duck Commander 500 Qualifying (Round 7 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (1.5-mile oval)
Pole Winner: Carl Edwards of Joe Gibbs Racing (27.748 seconds at 194.609 mph)
Brian Vickers, interim driver of the No. 14 TaxAct Military Files Free Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth by setting the 13th-fastest lap in qualifying for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Vickers turned a lap of 27.993 seconds at 192.905 mph on the 1.5-mile oval in the second qualifying round.
Qualifying consisted of three rounds. The first was 20 minutes, with every driver on the track vying to set the fastest lap. The 24 fastest drivers from the first round advanced to the second, 10-minute round and the fastest 12 drivers from that session advanced to the final, five-minute round where they battled for the pole. Positions 1-12 were set by speeds in the final round. Positions 13-24 were set by speeds in the second round. The remaining 40-car field was set by speeds posted by those who did not advance past the first round.
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for SHR, qualified 21st with a time of 28.184 seconds at 191.598 mph.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for SHR, qualified 22nd with a time of 28.193 seconds at 191.537 mph.
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS for SHR, qualified 26th with a time of 28.108 seconds at 192.116 mph.
Carl Edwards led the final round of knockout qualifying by taking the pole with a lap of 27.748 seconds at 194.609 mph. It was his 17th career Sprint Cup pole, his first of the season and his second at Texas.
Joey Logano will start on the outside of row one after clocking in at 27.935 seconds at 193.306 mph.
The 10 other drivers who made it to the final round of qualifying were Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson and Trevor Bayne. All are listed in the order they’ll start the race.
The Duck Commander 500 gets underway at 7:30 p.m. EDT Saturday with live coverage provided by FOX.