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Biffle edges Allmendinger for Bristol pole

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Saturday 17th March, 2012 - 10:00am

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Greg Biffle took the Coors Pole Award

Greg Biffle took the Coors Pole Award

Points leader Greg Biffle has continued his strong start to the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season by scoring pole position at Bristol.

The Roush Ford driver edged out A.J. Allmendinger’s Penske Dodge by 0.001s, while the Chevrolets of Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon will share the second row.

“It was a huge thrill ride,” said Biffle of his lap around the 0.533-mile bullring.

“The key is to not overdrive it and as soon as the car turns in the corner you have to get back to the throttle.

“I went back to the gas fairly early and was a little worried about it making the rest of the corner.

“It got loose up off both ends because I went to the gas so early in the middle of the corner.

“I was just pushing the envelope as much as I could. If you ask me to do it again I probably can’t. I was on the edge and like I said, one one thousandth of a second I beat the 22 car. That is not a lot.”

Brad Keselowski, Regan Smith, Aric Almirola, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top 10, with Australia’s Marcos Ambrose in 12th.

See below for the full session result

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

TIME

BEHIND

1 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / 811 15.324 Leader
2 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 15.325 -0.001
3 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 15.331 -0.007
4 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 15.340 -0.016
5 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 15.367 -0.043
6 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row 15.373 -0.049
7 Aric Almirola Ford Charter Comm. 15.385 -0.061
8 Carl Edwards Ford Cheez-It 15.389 -0.065
9 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 15.392 -0.068
10 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 15.430 -0.106
11 Paul Menard Chevrolet Moen / Menards 15.432 -0.108
12 Marcos Ambrose Ford Mac Tools 15.433 -0.109
13 Kyle Busch Toyota Wrigley 15.452 -0.128
14 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 15.461 -0.137
15 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 15.461 -0.137
16 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 15.474 -0.150
17 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 15.480 -0.156
18 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard 15.491 -0.167
19 David Reutimann Chevrolet Tradebank 15.491 -0.167
20 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 15.495 -0.171
21 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 15.516 -0.192
22 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 15.532 -0.208
23 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 15.541 -0.217
24 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 15.547 -0.223
25 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 15.547 -0.223
26 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 15.566 -0.242
27 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 15.577 -0.253
28 David Stremme Toyota Food Country USA 15.589 -0.265
29 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 15.594 -0.270
30 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 15.601 -0.277
31 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 15.604 -0.280
32 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 15.617 -0.293
33 Jeff Burton Chevrolet BB&T 15.628 -0.304
34 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 15.638 -0.314
35 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap / Widow Wax 15.646 -0.322
36 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox / Scott Products 15.648 -0.324
37 Josh Wise* Ford Morristown Driver’s Service 15.679 -0.355
38 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Turn One Racing 15.691 -0.367
39 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love “Let it start with me” 15.732 -0.408
40 J.J. Yeley Toyota JPO Absorbents 15.750 -0.426
41 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com 15.765 -0.441
42 Ken Schrader+ Ford TMone “We Drive Sales” 15.907 -0.583
43 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 15.809 -0.485
44 Timmy Hill* Ford Poynt.com 15.953 -0.629

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