Carl Edwards grabs poll for Sprint All-Star race

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Carl Edwards captured the pole for the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, paying tribute to the late Dick Trickle along the way.

Edwards, the 2011 winner in the exhibition event, completed three laps and a four-tire pit stop Friday night in 1 minute, 51.297 seconds.

Kurt Busch will start alongside Edwards on the front row Saturday night. Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, and Joe Logano round out the top five.

For the first time since 2000, NASCAR waived the pit-road speed limit, allowing drivers to enter and leave the pits at high rates of speed.

‘‘This was awesome,’’ Edwards said. ‘‘I vote that we do this at every race track.’’

Not all agreed. Defending race champion Jimmie Johnson was among a handful of drivers who skidded past his pit stop when his brakes locked up.

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