Daytona 500 Qualifying 2012: Carl Edwards Wins Pole Position, Jeff Gordon Finished Sixth

Carl Edwards has gotten off to a great start of his 2012 Spring Cup campaign, earning himself the pole position at Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday, setting himself up nicely on NASCAR's biggest stage.

Edwards worked his #99 Ford the top speed of 194.738 mph and best lap time of 46.22 seconds to take the Pole, while Greg Biffle will join him in the fron row in the No. 2 position, running a 46.37 second lap time at 194.087 mph in his # 16 Ford.

As for the Bay Area contingency, Jeff Gordon and his #24 Chevrolet finished in sixth position after running a 46.44 second lap time at 193.803 mph, while A.J. Allmendinger finished 18th after running a 46.6 second lap time in his # 22 Ford.

Here's the full list of how Qualifying finished, but this is not the starting lineup. Non-qualified drivers are in bold.

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Greg Biffle
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Marcos Ambrose
  5. Casey Mears
  6. Jeff Gordon
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  9. Trevor Bayne * (clinched berth in Daytona 500)
  10. Tony Stewart
  11. Mark Martin
  12. Jimmie Johnson
  13. AJ Allmendinger
  14. Paul Menard
  15. David Ragan
  16. Matt Kenseth
  17. Ryan Newman
  18. AJ Allmendinger
  19. Brad Keselowski
  20. Kevin Harvick
  21. Joey Logano
  22. Clint Bowyer
  23. Jeff Burton
  24. Juan Pablo Montoya
  25. Kasey Kahne
  26. Tony Raines * (clinched berth in Daytona 500)
  27. David Stremme * (clinched berth in Daytona 500)
  28. Kyle Busch
  29. Jamie McMurray
  30. Danica Patrick
  31. Kenny Wallace
  32. Terry Labonte * (guaranteed spot via past champion's provisional)
  33. Dave Blaney
  34. Kurt Busch
  35. Elliott Sadler
  36. Michael Waltrip
  37. Joe Nemechek
  38. Denny Hamlin
  39. Regan Smith
  40. Michael McDowell
  41. Landon Cassill
  42. David Gilliland
  43. Bobby Labonte
  44. Bill Elliott
  45. Mike Wallace
  46. David Reutimann
  47. Robert Richardson Jr.
  48. Robby Gordon
  49. JJ Yeley

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