Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden will start Saturday’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway from fifth place on the grid Just ahead of Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Hewlett Packard Enterprises Chevrolet.

Speaking after setting a two lap qualifying average of 216.684mph, Newgarden commented by saying:

We did a good first lap, for some reason the car just dropped off on Lap 2. The car was great, no dramas from my end. The car handled really well, we just lost some speed there on the second lap. We’re starting within the Top 5 so we’re pretty happy with that. We should have a good car tomorrow night; we’ve worked hard on the Fuzzy’s special.

Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet whose last race was the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will start the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in 14th place after setting a two lap qualifying average of 215.751mph.

Speaking following qualifying, Carpenter commented by saying:

It’s been a frustrating day, I really didn’t know what I had going into qualifying so I can’t say I am disappointed with that. I was hoping to be able to run something in that range. The day hadn’t gone as we wanted, even in the qualifying line the car didn’t want to start. The first practice for us was just a nightmare. We had issues the whole time, both self-inflicted and out of our control.

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