Edwards grabs pole for Las Vegas Nationwide race

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, Last Updated: 2:36 PM ET

Carl Edwards will start on the pole for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 Nationwide Series race after edging Kyle Busch in qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Edwards posted a lap at 181.824 m.p.h. around the 1.5-mile track for his 22nd career Nationwide pole. His lap was 0.03 seconds faster than Busch, who claimed the outside pole.

Last Sunday, Busch made contact with Edwards in the early stages of the Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix. Edwards, who started on the pole for that race, crashed into the wall and triggered a five-car accident. Busch apologized for the incident several times during the week, and both drivers talked about it in length when they arrived in Las Vegas.

Busch led all 200 laps to win last Saturday's Nationwide event at Phoenix. Edwards challenged Busch for the lead in the closing laps, but came up short in his efforts.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start third in the 300-mile race at Las Vegas, followed by Kevin Harvick, the defending race winner, and Mark Martin, who is making his first Nationwide appearance in nearly two years.

Elliott Sadler, Trevor Bayne, Reed Sorenson, Denny Hamlin and Justin Allgaier will roll off sixth through 10th, respectively.

Danica Patrick qualified 22nd.

All 43 drivers who qualified made the starting field.

The Las Vegas Nationwide race is scheduled to start just after 3:00 p.m. EST.


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