Kenseth led a strong showing from
But he wasn't sure how his pole-run would help him Sunday. Kenseth is winless in 51 races since New Hampshire in September 2013, but came close last month at California until a late debris caution ruined his day.
"Finishing up front is the most important part," Kenseth said after qualifying. "The guy who's on the pole always says it's a big deal for Sunday. Qualifying and racing is different, I think everywhere. Certainly getting one lap here is a lot different than being good for 500 laps."
It was Kenseth's first pole of the season and 13th of his career.
He was followed by
Edwards said he knew the JGR cars were good because his balance was off "and we still ran really well.
"We have a very fast car and it's going to be a fun race."
Kenseth has won the August race at Bristol three times in his career, but has never won on the .533-mile concrete bullring in the spring.