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Roush Fenway Qualifies 1-2-3 in Texas

New sponsor on pole for Sprint Cup Race
Friday, November 04, 2011

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Greg Biffle had a new sponsor in the way of 3M Scotch Blue Painter's Tape, and as happens often in NASCAR, a new sponsor gets awarded with pole position as a Thank You
Roush Fenway Racing turned in one of the most impressive qualifying performances in its 24-year history, including winning the pole to capture first, second, third and seventh in Friday's Sprint Cup qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway. Roush Fenway enters the weekend with 298 NASCAR victories and hopes to leave Texas with its 300th win in hand.

“That’s really exciting that our race cars are that good,” said Biffle of the RFR 1-2-3 effort. “It’s just a tribute to our (Roush Fenway) driver lineup, the guys at the race shop, Doug Yates with the engine shop, how far they’ve come with this FR9 – all those things are a big factor in our cars being up front at these mile-and-a-half race tracks. 

“It was a great lap for us,” added Biffle. “The car was really, really fast right off the truck.  That’s just a tribute to my team and how hard they’ve worked and how far we’ve come as a team this season.”

Greg Biffle will start on the pole for the third time in 2011. He will be joined on the front row by Roush Fenway teammate David Ragan, with Matt Kenseth starting just behind them on the second row in third. Carl Edwards, who leads the Sprint Cup point standings, will start seventh.

Biffle turned a lap of 27.873 (193.736 mph) around the 1.5-mile oval at Texas to win the pole. The pole is Roush Fenway’s ninth Cup pole of the season and its second at Texas. Roush Fenway swept both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at TMS in the spring.

“We’ve (RFR) got the top three spots,” said Chase leader Edwards. “So now we’ll just work on the race trim.  There couldn’t be a better race track for us.  This is a fun one.  We’re going to work hard tomorrow and run that Nationwide car and hopefully learn a little bit for the race on Sunday.”

Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup race is set for 3:00 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN. Roush Fenway has won eight times in Sprint Cup action at Texas, including with Kenseth in the spring.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch-Blue Painter's Tape 193.736 27.873 Leader
2 6 David Ragan Ford UPS My Choice 193.729 27.874 -0.001
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 193.659 27.884 -0.011
4 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 193.438 27.916 -0.043
5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 193.258 27.942 -0.069
6 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 193.181 27.953 -0.080
7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 193.071 27.969 -0.096
8 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 193.023 27.976 -0.103
9 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 192.947 27.987 -0.114
10 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 192.892 27.995 -0.122
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet MyLowe's 192.871 27.998 -0.125
12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 192.816 28.006 -0.133
13 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 192.589 28.039 -0.166
14 22 Kurt Busch Dodge AAA 192.472 28.056 -0.183
15 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 192.363 28.072 -0.199
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard "Trained by Tradition" / AMP Energy 192.130 28.106 -0.233
17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 192.123 28.107 -0.234
18 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 192.123 28.107 -0.234
19 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 191.986 28.127 -0.254
20 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 191.918 28.137 -0.264
21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 191.646 28.177 -0.304
22 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 191.571 28.188 -0.315
23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 191.564 28.189 -0.316
24 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans Carrier Classic 191.421 28.210 -0.337
25 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 191.299 28.228 -0.355
26 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford "Immortals" / Best Buy 191.252 28.235 -0.362
27 55 J.J. Yeley Ford Ingersoll Rand 191.069 28.262 -0.389
28 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 190.995 28.273 -0.400
29 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 190.638 28.326 -0.453
30 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / GoDaddy.com 190.436 28.356 -0.483
31 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 190.389 28.363 -0.490
32 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Wounded Warrior Project 190.221 28.388 -0.515
33 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 190.221 28.388 -0.515
34 34 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 190.020 28.418 -0.545
35 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 189.740 28.460 -0.587
36 135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Big Red 189.640 28.475 -0.602
37 32 Mike Bliss Ford Street King 188.904 28.586 -0.713
38 37 Mike Skinner Ford Max Q Motorsports 188.904 28.586 -0.713
39 46 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 188.679 28.620 -0.747
40 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 188.600 28.632 -0.759
41 38 Travis Kvapil+ Ford Long John Silver's 188.081 28.711 -0.838
42 36 Geoffrey Bodine+ Chevrolet Luke & Associates 182.149 29.646 -1.773
43 71 Andy Lally* Ford TRG Motorsports 188.528 28.643 -0.770
- - Did Not Qualify - - - - -
44 30 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 188.357 28.669 -0.796
45 195 David Starr Ford AdvoCare 188.344 28.671 -0.798
46 7 Reed Sorenson Dodge Speed Energy / Mapei 187.182 28.849 -0.976
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie 

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