Carl Edwards aced the All-Star qualifying challenge, flying through three laps and a four-tire pit stop in 1:52 Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, putting him on the pole for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.

"It was petrifying," Edwards said. "We practiced, and it was insane. It felt like a war out there; it was crazy. And then real qualifying came, and all everyone was talking about was how fast Kurt Busch was coming in pit road in practice. I was pretty certain you were gonna have to be insane to beat that. I was planning on being conservative coming down the backstrectch, and then I saw how hard everyone was coming in because they had so much grip. This stuff's great; I think we should do more of it. Nobody knew how far you could push it. You just kinda had to go for it."

Kurt Busch will start outside the front row.

"I think we're definitely in a good position," Kurt Busch said. "To come on pit road at 157 mph, it was pretty wild - like a step back in time. A chance to throw caution to the wind. The pit crew had a nice steady stop, not a fast stop, and so we find ourselves outside front row and in a great position. We're going to try to win that first segment and see where it goes from there. To be up front early in the race may alter our pit strategy."

Penalties moved Dale Earnhardt Jr. from his second-place qualifying position all the way back to 15th. He was among four drivers - including Matt Kenseth, Marcos Ambrose and Jimmie Johnson - who lost five seconds for a loose lug nut. Kevin Harvick will start last after being disqualified for pitting outside his pit box.