Greg Biffle Claims Coors Light Pole for Sunday’s Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway

[media-credit name=”Ed Coombs” align=”alignright” width=”224″][/media-credit]Carl Edwards was fastest in NASCAR Sprint Cup practice, but it was another Roush Fenway driver that claimed his first pole here at Bristol Motor Speedway. Greg Biffle came from 11th in practice to claim the pole for Sunday’s 52nd Annual Food City 500.

“I just couldn’t be more proud of how hard my team is working. I know a lot of people say that but we got in line with about nine minutes to go to make our bonsai run with sticker tires. Puccia called it the money lap but I still wasn’t happy with where the car was and I wanted one more change. My guys got me out with about two and a half minutes left. I got one more run in and that made the difference today of being on the front row. This is a team effort. They are working super hard and I am happy to have 811 and 3M and all the partners and Ford and everybody working hard to get our team up front.” Biffle said.

With the help of a bit of cloud cover over The World’s Fastest Half Mile, the 42 year old Roush Fenway driver was able to lay down a lap time of 15.324 seconds to take the top starting spot for the mayhem that will unfold around the bull ring in Northeast Tennessee. Biffle’s lap was good enough for his 10th pole in 334 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, and his fourth top-10 start this season. With his pole position here at Bristol, Biffle is now locked into next year’s Shootout at Daytona. The 3M Ford is no stranger to the front row here at Bristol however, as Biffle has started second three other times, most recently in March of 2011.

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Biffle enters Sunday’s stanza as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader and commented on the positive vibes around the Roush Fenway camp thus far; “The team is really excited about how the season started out. We have gone from Superspeedway to a one mile track to a mile-and-a-half which is Roush Fenway flagship kind of race track. We have run very respectable at all those places and last week I would have thought that a third is nothing to shake a stick at…Practice today started off pretty decent. We were a little tight in the center of the corner, typical Bristol…We were 11th there (in NSCS Practice) and I think we have a great chance to be top-10 in qualifying.”

It doesn’t get any better than the pole here at Bristol, and a top-10 qualifying effort was exactly what Biffle got out of his 3M Ford Fusion.

AJ Allmendinger will start on the outside of the front row on Sunday with his qualifying effort earlier this afternoon here at Bristol Motor Speedway. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Ryan Newman will start third for the fourth time this season.

Jeff Gordon’s Drive to End Hunger Chevy will start fourth and defending Bristol winner Brad Keselowski will start fifth.

“Obviously you’ve got to pick up a little bit to be in the top five or six. I think we can be in that top five. I hope so. I think it was a good lap. Just a few little tweaks here and there to be a little bit better, but all in all, it was a great effort all day for our Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet and a great effort right there in qualifying.” Gordon said.

Fastest in practice today, Carl Edwards will start 8th after he climbed the hill on his qualifying run.

Other notables include Kyle Busch (13th), Kevin Harvick (14th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (18th), Jimmie Johnson (22nd), and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Tony Stewart will start 23rd.

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Starting Lineup
Food City 500, Bristol Motor Speedway—————–
Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
1 16 Greg Biffle Ford 125.215 15.324
2 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 125.207 15.325
3 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 125.158 15.331
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 125.085 15.34
5 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 124.865 15.367
6 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 124.816 15.373
7 43 Aric Almirola Ford 124.719 15.385
8 99 Carl Edwards Ford 124.687 15.389
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota 124.662 15.392
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 124.355 15.43
11 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 124.339 15.432
12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 124.331 15.433
13 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 124.178 15.452
14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 124.106 15.461
15 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 124.106 15.461
16 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 124.002 15.474
17 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 123.953 15.48
18 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 123.866 15.491
19 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 123.866 15.491
20 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 123.834 15.495
21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 123.666 15.516
22 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 123.538 15.532
23 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 123.467 15.541
24 13 Casey Mears Ford 123.419 15.547
25 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 123.419 15.547
26 38 David Gilliland Ford 123.269 15.566
27 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 123.182 15.577
28 30 David Stremme Toyota 123.087 15.589
29 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 123.047 15.594
30 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 122.992 15.601
31 34 David Ragan Ford 122.968 15.604
32 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 122.866 15.617
33 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 122.78 15.628
34 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 122.701 15.638
35 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 122.638 15.646
36 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 122.623 15.648
37 26 Josh Wise* Ford 122.38 15.679
38 74 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 122.287 15.691
39 98 Michael McDowell Ford 121.968 15.732
40 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 121.829 15.75
41 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 121.713 15.765
42 32 Ken Schrader+ Ford 120.626 15.907
43 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 121.374 15.809

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