NASCAR at Charlotte 2016 Qualifying Results: Race Order, Final Times, Reaction

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIMay 27, 2016

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 26:  Martin Truex Jr. drives the #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Toyota during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
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After it seemed like Joey Logano would continue his hot streak at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. will instead be the pole-sitter for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.

NASCAR provided a clip of Truex's lap that gave him the pole heading into Sunday: 


Here's the lap that has @MartinTruex_Jr starting P1 for Sunday's #CocaCola600! https://t.co/rZBysPlkgA

Charlotte Motor Speedway also captured this image of the victorious Truex, who will be looking for his first career win on that race track this weekend:

Logano recorded the fastest times in the first two rounds of qualifying and seemed well on his way to following his All-Star race win last week in Charlotte with a pole win, but Truex's top time of 28.077 seconds in the final round edged out Logano's 28.124 seconds.

Coca-Cola 600 Qualifying Results
PlaceDriverFastest Time
Top 12
1Martin Truex Jr.28.077
2Joey Logano28.124
3Ricky Stenhouse Jr.28.209
4Denny Hamlin28.215
5Brad Keselowski28.277
6Greg Biffle28.346
7Jimmie Johnson28.379
8Kevin Harvick28.381
9Carl Edwards28.443
10Trevor Bayne28.483
11Paul Menard28.547
12Chase Elliott28.729
Second Cut
13Kurt Busch28.404
14Ryan Newman28.432
15AJ Allmendinger28.443
16Kyle Busch28.448
17Casey Mears28.448
18Ryan Blaney28.450
19Danica Patrick28.492
20Aric Almirola28.530
21Tony Stewart28.543
22Chris Buescher28.621
23Jamie McMurray28.646
24Kyle Larson28.734
First Cut
25Dale Earnhardt Jr.28.594
26Clint Bowyer28.623
27Matt Kenseth28.642
28Austin Dillon28.645
29Kasey Kahne28.666
30Brian Scott28.721
31Regan Smith28.803
32Michael McDowell28.836
33Landon Cassill28.846
34Matt DiBenedetto28.884
35David Ragan28.911
36Cole Whitt29.097
37Josh Wise29.479
38Michael Annett29.494
39Jeffrey Earnhardt29.881
40Reed Sorenson30.095
Source: NASCAR.com

Logano could have been the third driver ever to come in first in each round since Brad Keselowski did it last November, per Fox Sports 1, but instead he will start in the front row for the fifth time this year:

FS1 @FS1

.@MartinTruex_Jr claims the #CocaCola600 pole at @CLTMotorSpdwy! Sunday's starting lineup» https://t.co/4po1cNZdcB https://t.co/bllGMPG2kE

Keselowski will start in fifth after posting a best time of 28.277 seconds and a top speed of 190.968 mph. 

Defending champion Carl Edwards will start ninth.

It was another tough qualifying round for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will start this race 25th and has yet to win a pole this year while still searching for his first win of 2016.

He took to Twitter after his qualifying run, saying he had plenty of time to right those wrongs heading into Sunday:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. @DaleJr

Qualifying is 1 thing, the race is another. We will tune on it more Saturday. 600 mile race Sunday night. Plenty of chances to get it right.

Truex will also be looking for his first victory in 2016. His final qualifying lap was close to perfect in terms of speed and precision. He's coming off his fifth top-10 finish at Dover on May 15, so he might be due for a victory Sunday.


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