FORDS OUT FRONT -- It's no secret that 2013 has been a disappointing season for the Ford contingent, with 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski missing the Chase for the Sprint Cup and Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle out of championship contention. But you'd never know that Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, where Edwards captured his second pole of the year and 13th of the season, and Keselowski wound up qualifying on the outside of Row 1.
Edwards took the pole for the AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 196.114 miles per hour in his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, followed by Keselowski, who ran 196.100 in the No. 2 Penske Racing Ford. Edwards' pole lap was just 0.002 seconds faster than Keselowski's. Both drivers benefitted from late qualifying draws.
Although Edwards is the all-time leader in race victories at TMS with three, this is his first pole.
"This is huge. My guys did a great job," Edwards said. "... It is awesome for Aflac and For...