Ragan races to first ever pole postion

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- David Ragan has earned his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup pole.

Ragan ran a lap of 189.820 mph Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, easily taking the top spot from his Roush teammate, Carl Edwards (188.521 mphs).

Points leader Kyle Busch qualified 11th and Kevin Harvick, coming to Texas off consecutive wins, starts 29th.

Denny Hamlin, who swept both races in Texas last year, starts 23rd. Hamlin will try to match Edwards, the only driver with three Sprint Cup wins at Texas.

Ragan is making his 153rd career Cup start. His previous best career starting spot was fourth, which he had done at Bristol and Texas.

Edwards had already earned a pole earlier Friday for the Nationwide Series race.

Knoxville native Trevor Bayne qualified 18th.


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