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Greg Biffle Stays Hot On Bristol Cup Pole Day

| , RacinToday.com Friday, March 16 2012

Greg Biffle on the pole at Bristol. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

Greg Biffle’s fast start to the 2012 Sprint Cup season got even faster on Friday as the Roush Fenway Racing driver won the pole for Sunday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Biffle, the series points leader three races into the season, won the pole for the Food City 500 with a lap at 125.215 mph in his Ford Fusion.

The pole was Biffle’s first at Bristol. It comes on the heels of three top-three finishes at Daytona, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

“Man, I got to pinch myself,” he said. “I’m having a great time.”

It was Biffle’s 10th career pole. And it gave him a fourth-straight top-10 qualifying performance.

“I just couldn’t be more proud of how hard my team is working,” he said. “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. (Crew chief Matt) 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.”

Second fastest was Penske Racing’s AJ Allmendinger, who had a lap at 125.207 mph in a Dodge.

Ryan Newman of Stewart-Haas Racing was third at 125.158 mph in a Chevrolet.

Jeff Gordon, a four-time Cup champion, was fourth and Brad Keselowski was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Regan Smith, Aric Almirola, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne.

(This story will be updated shortly)

| , RacinToday.com Friday, March 16 2012
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