Biffle Leads Roush Fenway Qualifying Attack
Greg Biffle of Roush Fenway Racing won the pole on Friday for Sunday’s AAA 500 Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Biffle, a non-Chase driver, won the pole with a lap at 193.736 mph.
Roush Fenway’s David Ragan posted a lap at 193.729 mph to qualify second fastest.
Matt Kenseth gave Roush Fenway a 1-2-3 sweep as he was third fastest with a lap at 193.659 mph.
“That’s really exciting that our race cars are that good,” Biffle said. “It’s just a tribute to our driver lineup, the guys at the race shop, Doug Yates with the engine shop how far they’ve come with this FR9 – all those things are a big factor in our cars being up front at these mile-and-a-half race tracks. We had a really, really fast car at Charlotte a few weeks back and this car is really no exception.”
Richard Childress Racing’s Paul Menard, a non-Chaser, was fourth fastest with a lap at 193.659 mph.
Tony Stewart, who has won three of the first seven Chase races, was fifth fastest in qualifying with a lap at 193.257 mph.
“Definitely it has been a good day,” Stewart said. “To be third in practice and top-five in qualifying, that is exactly the way you have to start the weekend off. We’ll get a pretty good pit spot out of this hopefully. The good thing is we get that and that is half the battle right there. We’re not having to fight through all the crowd to get up there. We’re going to be up there hopefully all day and just keep tweaking on it versus having to get there.”
David Reutimann, who was informed this week that he would be let go at the end of the season by Michael Waltrip Racing, was sixth fastest.
Points-leader Carl Edwards qualified seventh fastest and Chaser Brad Keselowski of Penske Racing was eighth fastest.
“We wanted to be a little better than that, but I came to the green and I was a little loose,” Edwards, who leads Stewart by eight points in the Chase, said. “I thought, ‘I better be a little careful my next time through here,’ and I was probably a little too timid down there through three and four, but it is a good starting spot. We focused hard on qualifying here. We had an opportunity to go out there and sit on the pole. We’ve got the top three spots are Fords, so now we’ll just work on the race trim. There couldn’t be a better race track for us. This is a fun one.
Rounding out the top 10 were non-Chasers Kasey Kahne and Regan Smith.
Defending series champion Jimmie Johnson was 11th.
Kevin Harvick, third in points, was 21st in qualifying.No Comment