Carl Edwards has taken pole position for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan.
The Roush Fenway driver set his lap of 35.564sec (202.452mph) early in the session, as he was the sixth of 44 cars to run.
For a while it seemed as if Edwards would have a relatively straightforward wait to be declared the polesitter as it appeared he had enjoyed the best of the track conditions, with only Kasey Kahne getting near his time in the cars that followed.
However, Paul Menard offered a hint that the track was still quick when he went third, behind Kahne, in the closing stages, and attention then turned to Furniture Row's Kurt Busch, who was one of the last to run. Busch ended up missing out by one tenth of a second, but he did enough to join Edwards on the front row at the expense of Kahne.
Menard's lap was eventually good enough for fourth, while Aric Almirola and Joey Logano will share row three on the grid.
Next up was Nationwide Series frontrunner Austin Dillon, making his fifth Cup start of the season for Richard Childress Racing, while behind him Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya completed the top 10.