Busch rookie Edwards posts hot lap

LAS VEGAS -- Carl Edwards won his first NASCAR Busch series
pole on Friday to help offset a disappointing run in Nextel Cup

"The Cup car didn't do all that well. I guess I was a little
bit frustrated,'' he said. "That (Busch run) was a shot in the
dark and it turned out to be a good lap.''

Edwards became the first Busch rookie to put his car on the pole
at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 170.951 mph. He
qualified his Cup car 20th at 169.258 mph.

Edwards, the fourth different Busch pole winner this season,
will start Saturday's race next to Elliott Sadler, who qualified at
170.181 mph.

Kyle Busch, the runner-up in last season's Busch standings,
qualified third, followed by Shane Hmiel and Clint Bowyer.

With Busch running the Nextel series fulltime this season, Hmiel
will be the highest starter who competes solely in the Busch series.