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Biffle nips Busch for pole in Atlanta

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Nextel Cup
October 26, 2007

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Greg Biffle
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HAMPTON, GA - Greg Biffle won his first pole in more than a year, nipping Kurt Busch for the top spot in Nextel Cup qualifying Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Biffle turned a fast lap of 192.453 mph, while Busch had a 192.426 on the 1.5-mile oval. The time difference between the top two laps was 0.004 seconds.

"They're just giving me good cars to drive and that's all a guy can ask for," Biffle said. "I normally don't ask for them this good; I just want a good racecar. But this thing is excellent.

"We were pretty good in race trim and we'll see [in practice Saturday] morning and in the later session how we end up and be ready to go Sunday."

"I was ecstatic with the lap at the time I did it," Kurt Busch said. "I'm not so happy now. Congratulations to 'The Biff,' he put a great lap together."

Dale Jarrett was third fastest as Toyota is starting to show its horsepower muscle.


Greg Biffle
Ford

"It's just been that kind of year," said Jarrett, who will run a limited schedule for Michael Waltrip Racing at the beginning of next season before retiring from the cockpit. "You don't know what to expect. My guys put a new body on this chassis from early in the year and it was really fast."

Series leader Jeff Gordon qualified eighth, while runner-up Jimmie Johnson, 53 points behind his Hendrick Motorsports teammate heading into Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500, will start just ahead of the four-time Cup champion in sixth.

Among the drivers failing to qualify for the 43-car field was the IRL's biggest winner Sam Hornish Jr., who has come up short in six tries to make his Cup debut this year despite driving for the mighty Penske team.  His two teammates, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman were 2nd and 9th respectively.

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 16 Greg Biffle Ford Lumber Liquidators 192.453 28.807 Leader
2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 192.426 28.811 -0.004
3 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 191.655 28.927 -0.120
4 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 191.595 28.936 -0.129
5 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 191.489 28.952 -0.145
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 191.199 28.996 -0.189
7 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light / St. Jude Hospital 190.975 29.030 -0.223
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Nicorette Cinnamon Surge / DuPont 190.719 29.069 -0.262
9 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Mobil 1 190.719 29.069 -0.262
10 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 190.706 29.071 -0.264
11 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 190.548 29.095 -0.288
12 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 190.509 29.101 -0.294
13 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M's 190.365 29.123 -0.316
14 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 190.247 29.141 -0.334
15 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 190.058 29.170 -0.363
16 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 189.818 29.207 -0.400
17 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT NANO Technology 189.818 29.207 -0.400
18 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 189.779 29.213 -0.406
19 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg's 189.759 29.216 -0.409
20 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 189.740 29.219 -0.412
21 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 189.694 29.226 -0.419
22 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 189.681 29.228 -0.421
23 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 189.642 29.234 -0.427
24 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 189.610 29.239 -0.432
25 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 189.532 29.251 -0.444
26 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 189.428 29.267 -0.460
27 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Sears Auto Center / Valvoline / Stanley 189.409 29.270 -0.463
28 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 189.370 29.276 -0.469
29 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 189.273 29.291 -0.484
30 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 189.209 29.301 -0.494
31 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 189.092 29.319 -0.512
32 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target / Breast Cancer Awareness 188.796 29.365 -0.558
33 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam 188.482 29.414 -0.607
34 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 188.079 29.477 -0.670
35 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 188.034 29.484 -0.677
36 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 187.786 29.523 -0.716
37 6 David Ragan+* Ford AAA 187.354 29.591 -0.784
38 88 Ricky Rudd+ Ford Snickers Halloween 187.076 29.635 -0.828
39 45 Kyle Petty+ Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 186.679 29.698 -0.891
40 96 Tony Raines+ Chevrolet DLP HDTV 186.478 29.730 -0.923
41 66 Jeremy Mayfield+ Chevrolet Best Buy 185.934 29.817 -1.010
42 22 Dave Blaney+ Toyota Caterpillar - - -
43 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie Champion's Provisional
Did Not Qualify
44 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Dominos.com 188.758 29.371 -0.564
45 208 Burney Lamar Dodge rhino's energy drink 188.738 29.374 -0.567
46 06 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 188.655 29.387 -0.580
47 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet State Water Heaters 187.697 29.537 -0.730
48 36 Mike Skinner Toyota 360 OTC 187.665 29.542 -0.735

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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