Like Martin Truex really needed another advantage heading into the final race of the first round.

But Truex, the Monster Energy NASCAR playoffs leader, got just that Friday afternoon, winning the pole at Dover International Speedway for Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400.

Truex posted a 160.664 mph time to win his second pole of the season, and the 14th in his career.

“It’s awesome,” Truex told NBCSN. “I just had to put it all together. My timing was off a little the first two rounds. … I still thought I could have done a better job driving.”

Five of the top six drivers on the starting grid drive Toyotas.

Kyle Busch, who had won the pole for the first two races of the playoffs, led the first two rounds of qualifying but will line up second Sunday.

“I hated that we didn’t come out of here with our ninth pole of the season, but we’ll take it,” Busch told NBCSN.

Playoff driver Jamie McMurray didn’t do himself any favors for Sunday. McMurray, who is 11th in the standings and needs a good run to ensure he advances to the next round of the playoffs, qualified 26th.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., making what will be his final appearance as a full-time driver at the Monster Mile, qualified seventh, his best qualifying effort since he won the pole at Daytona in July.

Coverage of the Apache Warrior 400 begins Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBCSN.

Starting lineup for Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Dover

1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kyle Busch
3. Kyle Larson
4. Matt Kenseth
5. Daniel Suarez
6. Denny Hamlin
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8. Ryan Newman
9. Kevin Harvick
10. Erik Jones
11. Ryan Blaney
12. Chase Elliott
13. Kurt Busch
14. Aric Almirola
15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
16. Brad Keselowski
17. Jimmie Johnson
18. Joey Logano
19. Clint Bowyer
20. Trevor Bayne
21. Kasey Kahne
22. Chris Buescher
23. Austin Dillon
24. Danica Patrick
25. Paul Menard
26. Jamie McMurray
27. AJ Allmendinger
28. David Ragan
29. Ty Dillon
30. Michael McDowell
31. Landon Cassill
32. Ross Chastain
33. Cole Whitt
34. Brett Moffitt
35. Timmy Hill
36. BJ McLeod
37. Corey LaJoie
38. Jeffrey Earnhardt
39. Reed Sorenson
40. Matt DiBenedetto