Kyle Busch won the pole for the second year in a row, setting a track qualifying record of 29.033 seconds. But because of an engine change prior to qualifying, he will have to start the race at the back of the field.
"We're just going to bide our time and race the 427 miles," Busch said. "All the guys on this team did an awesome job changing the engine today. We look forward to hopefully being able to do it on Sunday."
The pole victory was Busch's fifth in his Sprint Cup career.
Kurt Busch will start at the front of the field after turning in a lap of 29.078 seconds. Three-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson qualified third, followed by David Reutimann and Marcos Ambrose.
Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart completed the top 10.
Matt Kenseth, who has won the first two races of the season, qualified 40th. He will attempt to become the first driver in NASCAR history to capture a campaign's first three events.