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Biffle shatters Darlington record to win pole

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, May 09, 2008

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Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle shattered the Darlington Raceway qualifying record en route to capturing his fifth career pole with a fast lap of 179.442 mph on the 1.366-mile track's new surface. Hendrick drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson were 2nd and 3rd followed by the Toyota of Tony Stewart and the Dodge of Kurt Busch.

Biffle, who has won two of the last three Cup races at Darlington, was one of 41 drivers to eclipse Ward Burton's 1996 record of 173.797 mph.

"I'm extremely happy with it in race trim," Biffle said. "I can't wait until tomorrow night.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his fourth top five start since joining Hendrick Motorsports after he drove his retro Mountain Dew Chevrolet to a lap of 179.357 mph.

"We just got a good, clean lap in and kept it off the fence trying to give us a good shot for tomorrow," Earnhardt Jr. said. "We've got a great car. We've had one all weekend."

"I'm speechless myself, with the equipment these guys give me week in and week out," said Johnson, who also hit the wall with his back-up car in the final practice. "Fortunately today we were fast the whole time, but I kept hitting things. I’m just glad I got that out of my way and I got a good clean lap in."

More to follow.....

Results

POS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 179.442 27.405 Leader
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Mountain Dew / AMP Energy / Nat'l Guard 179.357 27.418 -0.013
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 179.206 27.441 -0.036
4 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 179.076 27.461 -0.056
5 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 178.965 27.478 -0.073
6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Mint Crisp M&M's "Indiana Jones" 178.809 27.502 -0.097
7 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge McDonald's 178.129 27.607 -0.202
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 178.071 27.616 -0.211
9 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 178.064 27.617 -0.212
10 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 177.775 27.662 -0.257
11 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 177.736 27.668 -0.263
12 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 177.659 27.680 -0.275
13 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 177.307 27.735 -0.330
14 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Dodge Challenger 177.134 27.762 -0.357
15 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 177.109 27.766 -0.361
16 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 177.109 27.766 -0.361
17 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 177.077 27.771 -0.366
18 00 Michael McDowell* Toyota Brain Cancer Action Week 177.070 27.772 -0.367
19 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Wrigley's Big Red 176.822 27.811 -0.406
20 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 176.778 27.818 -0.413
21 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 176.638 27.840 -0.435
22 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 176.606 27.845 -0.440
23 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 176.581 27.849 -0.444
24 28 Travis Kvapil Ford LaFayette Ford 176.568 27.851 -0.446
25 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 176.499 27.862 -0.457
26 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 176.473 27.866 -0.461
27 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 176.359 27.884 -0.479
28 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 176.283 27.896 -0.491
29 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg's / CARQUEST 176.170 27.914 -0.509
30 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 176.126 27.921 -0.516
31 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 175.848 27.965 -0.560
32 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 175.666 27.994 -0.589
33 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com 175.578 28.008 -0.603
34 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT NANO Technology 175.528 28.016 -0.611
35 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 175.172 28.073 -0.668
36 99 Carl Edwards Ford Claritin 174.494 28.182 -0.777
37 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 174.253 28.221 -0.816
38 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 174.241 28.223 -0.818
39 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 173.271 28.381 -0.976
40 7 Robby Gordon+ Dodge Jim Beam 172.584 28.494 -1.089
41 15 Paul Menard+ Chevrolet NIBCO / Menards 172.572 28.496 -1.091
42 9 Kasey Kahne+ Dodge Budweiser - - -
43 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge LifeLock 175.166 28.074 -0.669
Did Not Qualify
44 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 174.798 28.133 -0.728
45 34 Jeff Green Chevrolet Front Row Motorsports 174.105 28.245 -0.840

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