Carl Edwards wins the pole at Texas while Jimmie Johnson is third and Matt Kenseth is sixth

Maybe Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are bound to be near each other at all times over the last three weeks?

The two drivers tied atop the Sprint Cup Series points standings shared a golf cart ride to the grid on Friday afternoon and qualified back-to-back. And there isn't much distance between them, as Johnson will start third and Kenseth will start sixth.

But it's Carl Edwards who is on the pole, beating Johnson by two hundredths of a second with a lap of 196.114 MPH, just ahead of Brad Keselowski. The gap between the two, according to ESPN based on their qualifying times? Seven seconds.

Johnson went ahead of Kenseth and was so loose of off turn four that the back right rear corner of his car scraped the wall. But he stayed in the throttle and shot to the pole, two tenths of a second ahead of Joey Logano, who was the polesitter at the time.

Kenseth couldn't match Johnson but he came close, missing Johnson's time by five one-hundredths of a second.

The rest of the Chasers go like this: Kyle Busch starts fifth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts seventh, Jeff Gordon is eighth, Kasey Kahne is 11th, Logano is 12th, Ryan Newman is 13th, Greg Biffle is 18, Kevin Harvick starts 19th, Clint Bowyer starts 26th and Kurt Busch is 31st.

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