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Biffle leads all-Roush front row in Michigan

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, August 19, 2011

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Greg Biffle

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle covered the two-mile oval of Michigan International Speedway in 37.83 seconds (190.345 mph) to capture the pole for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race. He will be joined on the front row by Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth, who finished runner up in the Cup race earlier this year at MIS.

“I don’t think that could have gone any better,” said Biffle “ I tell you what. This team has needed it. We have great cars and I can’t say enough for (crew chief) Matt Puccia and this 16 team. They work really hard and I am proud of them. All of a sudden Matt (Kenseth) is becoming a hell of a qualifier. He makes fun of himself when he gets up there and says that the throttle sticks. What a great job for the whole Ford camp. I want to thank Ford for all of their support and I know this means a lot to them here in Michigan to have this thing on the front.”

In winning the seventh Coors Light pole award of his career and his first since 2008, Biffle edged Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth (190.209 mph) during Friday's time trials at the 2.0-mile track. Zzzz

Ryan Newman (189.573 mph) qualified third, followed by Denny Hamlin (189.294 mph) and Mark Martin (189.190 mph).

With a new engine under his hood -- and without sacrificing speed for durability -- Hamlin held the top spot until Newman, Biffle and Kenseth bettered his speed.

Hamlin came to Michigan with an engine shipped to Joe Gibbs Racing from Toyota Racing Development in California, the first volley from the recently announced engine collaboration between the two organizations. Kyle Busch, who qualified 17th, had a JGR engine under the hood of his No. 18 Toyota, as will be the case for the rest of the season.

Carl Edwards, tied with Busch for the Series points lead, starts 22nd Sunday.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 16 Greg Biffle Ford Pure Michigan 190.345 37.826 Leader
2 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Kroger 190.210 37.853 -0.027
3 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Wix Filters 189.574 37.980 -0.154
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 189.294 38.036 -0.210
5 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / GoDaddy.com 189.190 38.057 -0.231
6 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 189.006 38.094 -0.268
7 6 David Ragan Ford UPS "We Love Logistics" 188.734 38.149 -0.323
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 188.669 38.162 -0.336
9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 188.600 38.176 -0.350
10 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 188.462 38.204 -0.378
11 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Duracell / Menards 188.378 38.221 -0.395
12 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 188.354 38.226 -0.400
13 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 188.230 38.251 -0.425
14 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 188.112 38.275 -0.449
15 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 188.088 38.280 -0.454
16 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 188.058 38.286 -0.460
17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 188.004 38.297 -0.471
18 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 187.999 38.298 -0.472
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 187.774 38.344 -0.518
20 21 Trevor Bayne Ford JDRF / Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 187.759 38.347 -0.521
21 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 187.710 38.357 -0.531
22 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 187.676 38.364 -0.538
23 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 187.652 38.369 -0.543
24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 187.432 38.414 -0.588
25 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 186.994 38.504 -0.678
26 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 186.921 38.519 -0.693
27 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 186.848 38.534 -0.708
28 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford / Bush's Beans 186.703 38.564 -0.738
29 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 186.611 38.583 -0.757
30 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 186.340 38.639 -0.813
31 55 J.J. Yeley Ford Front Row Motorsports 186.287 38.650 -0.824
32 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar / Cat Financial 186.234 38.661 -0.835
33 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Phoenix Construction / Thank A Teacher Today-Security Benefit 185.624 38.788 -0.962
34 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Accell Construction 185.500 38.814 -0.988
35 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 185.404 38.834 -1.008
36 30 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 185.323 38.851 -1.025
37 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 185.261 38.864 -1.038
38 71 Andy Lally* Ford Interstate Moving Services 185.142 38.889 -1.063
39 34 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 184.933 38.933 -1.107
40 66 Todd Bodine Toyota HP Racing LLC 184.838 38.953 -1.127
41 37 Tony Raines Ford Max Q Motorsports 183.538 39.229 -1.403
42 32 Ken Schrader Ford Koma Unwind 183.234 39.294 -1.468
43 60 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 183.215 39.298 -1.472
44 7 Johnny Sauter Dodge Speed Energy 182.815 39.384 -1.558
45 46 Erik Darnell Ford RetakeOurGov.com 182.062 39.547 -1.721
46 150 T.J. Bell* Chevrolet Green Smoke 181.269 39.720 -1.894

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