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Carl Edwards takes the pole for road course race at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Carl Edwards edged AJ Allmendinger to earn the stop starting spot Sunday on the road course race at Sonoma Raceway.

Edwards ran a lap at 95.777 mph around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile track in qualifying Saturday to put his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the top starting spot for the third time this season.

"Man this car is fast," said Edwards, the winner at Sonoma in 2014.

AJ Allmendinger qualified second with a lap at 95.676 mph in his JTG Daugherty Chevrolet. Allmendinger was last year's pole winner and believed he had a shot at it again on Saturday.

Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kevin Harvick5261
2Kurt Busch4962
3Brad Keselowski4803
4Carl Edwards4724
5Joey Logano4558
6Chase Elliott4537
7Jimmie Johnson4416
8Martin Truex Jr.4339
9Kyle Busch4175
10Matt Kenseth40910
11Dale Earnhardt Jr.38311
12Austin Dillon38113