Ragan was clocked in 189.820 mph. His first pole comes in his 153rd Sprint Cup race.
His Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Carl Edwards, qualified second. Ragan has never won a Sprint Cup race, having finished a career-best fourth on four occasions. The most recent of those finishes came in Texas two years ago.
Kyle Busch, who currently leads the points race, qualified 11th. He has a five-point lead over Edwards.
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