CONCORD, N.C. Carl Edwards captured the pole for the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, paying tribute to the late Dick Trickle along the way.
Edwards, the 2011 winner in the exhibition event, completed three laps and a four-tire pit stop Friday night in 1 minute, 51.297 seconds.
Kurt Busch will start alongside Edwards on the front row tonight. Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano round out the top five.
Edwards had Trickle's name written just above his window, a tribute to the 71-year-old former NASCAR driver who died Thursday of what authorities said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Boger City, N.C.
Edwards said many of his crew members are from Wisconsin, where Trickle grew up and became a famous short-track driver.
"We felt like we needed to do something to honor him," Edwards said. "I don't know that I deserved to have his name above my window."
For the first time since 2000, NASCAR waived the pit-road speed limit, allowing drivers to enter and leave the pits at high rates of speed.
"This was awesome," Edwards said. "I vote that we do this at every race track."
Not all agreed. Judging the speed needed to stop in the pit stall threw off some drivers.
IndyCar Everything seems to be lining up for Michael Andretti this month. His five drivers have taken turns atop the practice speed charts all week for the Indianapolis 500. Qualifying begins today.
Truck Series in Concord, N.C. Kyle Busch snapped a seven-race drought in the NASCAR Truck Series by winning at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch overcame a penalty that sent him to the back of the pack midway through the race.
NHRA in Topeka, Kan. Tony Schumacher raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead in the NHRA Kansas Nationals.