Carl Edwards (TECH-NET Auto Service 300 Pole Sitter) – Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Fastenal Ford for Roush-Fenway Racing, won the pole for today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the TECH-NET Auto Service 300 Powered by CARQUEST.

“The qualifying lap was really good,” said Edwards. “The guys had the car super fast. It was fun; the Fastenal folks were all here. There were 30 or 40 of them. That was pretty neat to get pictures taken with them. Hopefully, it holds on for this afternoon. I’m really excited about running the race in the afternoon. I think that will be a better race. The track will be really slick, and I think that that first pit stall will help us the whole day with track position.”

Edwards beat out Trevor Bayne and Brad Keselowski to win his fourth pole in 11 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Since 1973, only four drivers have managed to sweep both NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series races in the same weekend: Mark Martin (October, 1995), Dale Earnhardt Sr. (October, ’81), Bobby Allison (May, ’84), and Darrell Waltrip (May, ’79). Why is it so difficult to complete the sweep?

Robbie Loomis (executive with Richard Petty Motorsports) – “This is probably the most weather-sensitive track that we go to. So, because of all the changes you have to make to the cars, I’d say that cuts down on race winners here.” 

Jerry Cook (longtime NASCAR Modified driver and champion, now a NASCAR official) – “That’s because it’s a rough, tough, and long road around this race track.” 

Pete Wright (longtime NASCAR crewman, now working with the Nos. 83 and 84 Red Bull Toyotas) – “The track changes so much, it’s difficult to make the necessary adjustments.” 

Raymond Fox III (longtime NASCAR crewman) – “It takes a lot of luck, and I don’t think you can have that much luck in one weekend.” 

Morgan Shepherd (No. 89, Victory in Jesus Chevrolet, Nationwide Series driver) – “Look for that to change and see another weekend sweep from one of these drivers because the cars are going to be more alike and we’re now running the October races in similar conditions at night.” 

Mike Wallace (No. 01, Chevrolet, Nationwide Series driver) – “The way Kyle Busch (No. 18 Nationwide and Cup Toyota) gets up on the wheel and with the equipment that’s available to him, it won’t surprise me to see Kyle pull off a sweep here pretty soon.” 

Derrike Cope (No. 73, Nationwide Series driver, who also competes in the Sprint Cup Series) – “With the way more and more Sprint Cup drivers and teams are competing in the Nationwide Series, it won’t be long before someone else joins that sweep list, like Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, or somebody like that.”