Tony Stewart gets his first pole since 2012, will start first at Texas

Nick Bromberg
From The Marbles
Tony Stewart signs autographs for fans as he walks to his trailer after a practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, April 5, 2014
Tony Stewart signs autographs for fans as he walks to his trailer after a practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Tony Stewart's good run of qualifying form has accelerated.

The three-time Sprint Cup Series Champion will start first for Sunday's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway as he beat Brad Keselowski for the top spot.

After starting 20th or below for the first four races of the season, Stewart has now qualified in the top 10 for three straight weeks. His last pole position was in 2012 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, another 1.5 mile track. He finished 22nd in that race.

Stewart missed the final 15 races of the 2013 season after breaking his right leg in a sprint car race in Iowa in August.

Stewart-Haas Racing cars were fast throughout Saturday afternoon's qualifying session, a session that was briefly postponed for rain. Stewart's teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch both made the final round of 12. Harvick will start third and Busch will start 11th. The fourth Stewart-Haas car, Danica Patrick, will start 24th.

Harvick set a track-record qualifying speed in the first round of qualifying. Since teams aren't allowed to change tires, speeds for the first lap of qualifying at tracks with significant tire wear is usually the fastest. Despite not starting on the pole for the race, Harvick is now officially known as the fastest driver to turn a qualifying lap at Texas.

Roush Fenway Racing teammates Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards will start fourth and fifth while Trevor Bayne, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Marcos Ambrose and Joey Logano round out the top 10.

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