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“I feel like our qualifying is as good as it’s ever been right now,” Edwards said. “And this is when it needs to be good.”

Reed Sorenson qualified seventh, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Elliott Sadler.

The drivers who made the field after needing to get in on qualifying times included Landon Cassill (28th), Bobby Labonte (30th), Michael McDowell (33rd), Patrick Carpentier (35th), David Gilliland (36th), Bill Elliott (37th), J.J. Yeley (40th) and Jeff Green (43rd).

Joe Nemechek, Mike Bliss, Kevin Conway, Jason Leffler, Casey Mears and Johnny Sauter failed to make the race.