Jimmie Johnson qualified third for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Fort Worth, Texas, one row ahead of Matt Kenseth.
Johnson and Kenseth are tied for the points lead going into Sunday’s race.
Carl Edwards starts on the pole after a qualifying lap of 196.114 mph on Friday. Edwards earned his first pole at Texas, where he is the only three-time Cup winner.
The polesitter has won the last two races at the high-banked 11/2-mile track.
Brad Keselowski starts on the front row after a fast lap of 196.100 mph, just ahead of Johnson. Kenseth qualified sixth.
Jeff Gordon starts eighth, the same as he did in April at the track before finishing 38th because of a suspension problem. He is third in points, 27 behind Johnson and Kenseth.
Ty Dillon led 130 of the 147 laps for a dominating victory in the NASCAR Truck Series race at Texas, while Matt Crafton had another top-10 finish to move closer to a season championship.
Crafton finished 10th and has a 46-point lead over defending series champion James Buescher with two races left.
Dillon drove the No. 3 Chevrolet to its 100th NASCAR victory across the sanctioning body’s three main series.
Vettel not letting up
World champion Sebastian Vettel scoffed at suggestions he has nothing to gain from the last three races, saying he’s aiming for a seventh straight win this season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 26-year-old clinched the Formula One title at the Indian GP on Sunday to become the youngest four-time champion.
“It was a great feeling. We had a little bit of fun in the hotel bar,” Vettel said of the celebration. “It was good to sober up after India and get ready for here.”