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Edwards Wins Pole for Saturday Night in Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Carl Edwards will start from the pole position in the final race of NASCAR's "regular season" on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.

The Roush-Fenway Racing driver turned a fast lap at 127.762 mph in qualifying Friday night. He edged Juan Pablo Montoya, whose lap came at 127.455 mph.

The pole is the sixth of Edwards' career and his second this season.

A.J. Allmendinger earned the No. 3 starting spot, followed by Clint Bowyer and David Reutimann for the final race before NASCAR begins its 10-race Chase for the championship.

The starting spot is especially important for Bowyer, who holds down the No. 12 spot in the standings and needs only to finish 28th or better to secure a spot in the Chase.

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