BRISTOL, Tennessee (AP) — Carl Edwards led a sweep of the top three qualifying spots by Joe Gibbs Racing on Saturday, positioning himself well for a repeat of his victory from pole in April's NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Edwards qualified ahead of Denny Hamlin in second and Kyle Busch in third.

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., A.J. Allmendinger, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

Jeff Gordon was 11th, his best showing in the four races he has subbed for injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chris Buescher, the winner at Pocono last month, rounded out the top 12.

It looks difficult for anyone to crack what appears to be JGR's dominance. While most of the garage is scrambling for position to make the championship Chase, Gibbs' four drivers are already locked into the 16-driver field with a combined 10 victories in the season's first 22 races.

"All of our cars were all very fast," Hamlin said. "When you've got drivers that have equal equipment, all good drivers, it will be close."

Edwards claimed his 21st career Sprint Cup pole and fourth at Bristol. Hamlin will start in the top 10 for the 21st time this season while Busch will make his 16th top-10 start of the year.