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Points Leader Biffle Wins Pole at Bristol

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, March 16, 2012

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Greg Biffle
Roush Fenway’s Greg Biffle covered the 0.533 oval of Bristol Motor Speedway in 15.324 seconds (125.215 mph) to win the Sprint Cup pole. Biffle posted a lap at 125.215 mph (15.324 seconds) in Friday's time trials and watched as the 10 drivers who succeeded him in the qualifying order tried to knock him out of the top spot. AJ Allmendinger came closest but fell .001 seconds short, as Biffle claimed the 10th pole award of his career and his first at the 0.533-mile short track.

"I've got to pinch myself right now -- I think I'm dreaming," said Biffle, who has finished third in each of the first three races this season and leads the Cup standings by 10 points in front of Kevin Harvick.

Ryan Newman qualified third at 125.158 mph, followed by Jeff Gordon (125.085 mph) and August race winner Brad Keselowski (124.865 mph).

The pole is Roush Fenway’s 11th in the Sprint Cup Series at Bristol and its 17th overall. It marks the second straight season RFR has won the pole at the Bristol Spring race. It is Roush Fenway’s second pole in four Sprint Cup events in 2012. The pole is Roush Fenway’s 81st in Sprint Cup and its 213 overall in NASCAR.

Lineup

POS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / 811 125.215 15.324 Leader
2 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 125.207 15.325 -0.001
3 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 125.158 15.331 -0.007
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 125.085 15.340 -0.016
5 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 124.865 15.367 -0.043
6 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / CSX "Play it Safe" 124.816 15.373 -0.049
7 43 Aric Almirola Ford Charter Comm. 124.719 15.385 -0.061
8 99 Carl Edwards Ford Cheez-It 124.687 15.389 -0.065
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 124.662 15.392 -0.068
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 124.355 15.430 -0.106
11 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Moen / Menards 124.339 15.432 -0.108
12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Mac Tools 124.331 15.433 -0.109
13 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Wrigley 124.178 15.452 -0.128
14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 124.106 15.461 -0.137
15 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 124.106 15.461 -0.137
16 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 124.002 15.474 -0.150
17 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 123.953 15.480 -0.156
18 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 123.866 15.491 -0.167
19 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Tradebank 123.866 15.491 -0.167
20 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 123.834 15.495 -0.171
21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 123.666 15.516 -0.192
22 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 123.538 15.532 -0.208
23 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 123.467 15.541 -0.217
24 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 123.419 15.547 -0.223
25 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 123.419 15.547 -0.223
26 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 123.269 15.566 -0.242
27 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 123.182 15.577 -0.253
28 30 David Stremme Toyota Food Country USA / Inception Motorsports 123.087 15.589 -0.265
29 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 123.047 15.594 -0.270
30 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 122.992 15.601 -0.277
31 34 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 122.968 15.604 -0.280
32 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 122.866 15.617 -0.293
33 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet BB&T 122.780 15.628 -0.304
34 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 122.701 15.638 -0.314
35 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap / Widow Wax 122.638 15.646 -0.322
36 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox / Scott Products 122.623 15.648 -0.324
37 26 Josh Wise* Ford Morristown Driver's Service 122.380 15.679 -0.355
38 74 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Turn One Racing / Carnegie Hotel 122.287 15.691 -0.367
39 98 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love "Let it start with me" 121.968 15.732 -0.408
40 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota JPO Absorbents 121.829 15.750 -0.426
41 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 121.713 15.765 -0.441
42 32 Ken Schrader+ Ford TMone "We Drive Sales" 120.626 15.907 -0.583
43 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 121.374 15.809 -0.485
DNQ 37 Timmy Hill* Ford Poynt.com 120.278 15.953 -0.629

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