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Biffle On Pole At Michigan

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, August 19 2011

Greg Biffle got his first pole of the season on Friday. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

BROOKYN, Mich. – Greg Biffle won the pole for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday afternoon. It was the first pole of his career and it was secured by a lap at 190.345 mph.

Second was Biffle’s Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Matt Kenseth, who had a lap at 190.209 mph.

Ryan Newman was third, Denny Hamlin fourth and Mark Martin third.

Rounding out the top 10 were Brad Keselowski, David Ragan, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jamie McMurray.

Biffle’s last pole had come at Dover in 2008.

“I don’t think that could have gone any better,” Biffle said. “I tell you what. This team has needed it. We have great cars and I can’t say enough for Matt Puccia and this 16 team. They work really hard and I am proud of them.

“All of a sudden Matt (Kenseth) is becoming a hell of a qualifier. He makes fun of himself when he gets up there and says that the throttle sticks. What a great job for the whole Ford camp. I want to thank Ford for all of their support and I know this means a lot to them here in Michigan to have this thing on the front. We have Pure Michigan on the car this weekend and we are missing 3M but we are going to have dinner with them in Montreal here in a little bit. I am just so proud of my guys because they have been working so hard. Matt Puccia is a great crew chief and he is really focused on these cars. I can’t wait for Sunday.”

Kenseth, who was looking for his second pole of the season, thought he had it for a while.

“It was a good lap,” Kenseth said. “We had a lot of speed and honestly I wish I wouldn’t have watched Greg’s lap and saw his lap time. If I hadn’t tried so hard I might have had a shot at it. That is pretty fast. I was loose coming to the green and drove into hard too hard on purpose to make sure my car stayed loaded up and tight enough and got in there a car length too hard. Other than that, it was a good lap for us. It had a lot of speed and since we got here, it is the same car we ran last time, which was real fast. Hopefully we can drive it a little better for Sunday and be up there again.”

Biffle participated in qualifying sans the black eye that Boris Said promised to lay on him after last week’s crash-marred finish at Watkins Glen.

Biffle said he and Said talked on the phone. He did not say they have become fast friends.

“I don’t like Boris either,” Biffle said. “We said our peace and that is it. Kudos to him, because he is telling his side of the story. He says I was upset because I qualified bad and was two laps down and was mad because I raced him too hard last year. That is all incorrect. He wrecked me last year, didn’t race me too hard. He can race me as hard as you want. Matt and I race hard together all the time.

“I hate the person who says, ‘oh, the guy is racing me too hard’. There is no such thing as racing to hard. For starters, we cleared that up. I don’t have a problem with racing too hard. I have a problem with wrecking people. Then he ran me off the track in the carousel. That is the only thing I was upset with Boris about. Our deal is over with. We had our differences on the race track, that one instance, I told him I wasn’t happy with it on the race track and then I didn’t go around him the rest of the day.  We talked about that on the phone and it is over.”

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, August 19 2011
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