Edwards was one of 13 drivers to clock a time better than 200 mph as the Gen-6 cars took to the fast two-mile oval that was repaved last year.
With his lap of 202.452 mph and his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, Edwards earned the first pick of pit stalls for Sunday's race, and he and the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing team chose the first stall at pit out toward Turn 1.
The second-fastest driver, Kurt Busch, and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team picked the first stall at pit in off of Turn 4. Kasey Kahne, who had the third-fastest lap in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, chose the 38th stall, down toward Turn 4, with an opening in front of him for an easy exit.
Watch the Quicken Loans 400 on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on TNT, which begins its "Countdown to Green" at noon ET.
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