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Carl Edwards cruises to Sonoma pole

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 - Practice

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 24: Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 24, 2016 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Jared Tilton/Getty Images)

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Carl Edwards won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway with AJ Allmendinger, the pole-sitter in this event a year ago, qualifying second Saturday.

Edwards won the pole with a lap of 95.77 mph. Allmendinger qualified at 95.676 mph.

This is the first Sonoma pole for Edwards. He won at this 1.99-mile road course in 2014. Edwards has a series-high three poles this season.

“I can’t say enough about my guys, our car is fast,’' Edwards told FS1. “This place is so much fun.’'

Allmendinger told FS1: “A big gain from where we were (Friday). Still got work (for the race).’'

Martin Truex Jr. qualified third at 95.672 mph and was followed by Kurt Busch (95.654 mph) and Kyle Larson (95.362)

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