Greg Biffle grabs pole at Darlington

Greg Biffle with his pole award

Greg Biffle with his pole award

Greg Biffle has taken pole position for Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington.

Biffle, a two-time Darlington winner (2005/06) toured the 1.366-mile circuit in 27.281s (180.2557mph) to win the pole for, beating Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne.

The Sprint Cup leader snagged his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his second at Darlington and the 11th of his career.

“This is what a race car driver looks forward to, showing up every weekend and having a really fast car to drive,” said Biffle.

“They’re making me look good so far.

“It was a pretty uneventful lap. The car just had a ton of grip – it stuck to the race track really, really well. I felt like I was a little bit light down in Turns 1 and 2, I should have been a little bit quicker down there, but I got a lot out of it in 3 and 4, so it was a great lap.”

Johnson and Kahne ran identical speeds (179.566mph), with Johnson winning the front-row starting spot from his Hendrick Motorsports team-mate on an owner points tiebreaker.

Ryan Newman (179.461mph) qualified fourth, followed by Kyle Busch (179.448mph).

Australian Marcos Ambrose will start 28th, while Danica Patrick qualified 38th at 175.497mph for her Cup debut at Darlington, picking up approximately .75 seconds from her fastest lap in practice. The Southern 500 will be Patrick’s second Cup race and her first in a Cup car with an open motor.

Darlington qualifying results

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POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / O’Reilly Auto Parts 180.257 27.281 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 179.566 27.386 -0.105
3 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 179.566 27.386 -0.105
4 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 179.461 27.402 -0.121
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Wrigley’s Doublemint 179.448 27.404 -0.123
6 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 179.317 27.424 -0.143
7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Ford EcoBoost 179.298 27.427 -0.146
8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 179.187 27.444 -0.163
9 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 179.141 27.451 -0.170
10 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 179.095 27.458 -0.177
11 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Allstate 179.089 27.459 -0.178
12 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger / AARP 179.076 27.461 -0.180
13 43 Aric Almirola Ford Verifone Sail 178.991 27.474 -0.193
14 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Turtle Wax / Menards 178.926 27.484 -0.203
15 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 178.822 27.500 -0.219
16 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil-AAA 178.783 27.506 -0.225
17 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 178.724 27.515 -0.234
18 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 178.491 27.551 -0.270
19 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 178.226 27.592 -0.311
20 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 178.090 27.613 -0.332
21 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 177.980 27.630 -0.349
22 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush’s Baked Beans 177.974 27.631 -0.350
23 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 177.948 27.635 -0.354
24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 177.903 27.642 -0.361
25 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 177.845 27.651 -0.370
26 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota Aaron’s / Alabama National Champions 177.781 27.661 -0.380
27 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target / Kraft 177.307 27.735 -0.454
28 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 176.930 27.794 -0.513
29 179 Scott Speed Ford Team Kyle / Koma Unwind 176.879 27.802 -0.521
30 26 Josh Wise* Ford Morristown Driver’s Service 176.746 27.823 -0.542
31 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 176.733 27.825 -0.544
32 30 David Stremme Toyota Stock Car Steel and Aluminum 176.606 27.845 -0.564
33 173 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 176.594 27.847 -0.566
34 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap.com 176.530 27.857 -0.576
35 52 Mike Skinner Toyota CrusaderStaffing.com 175.899 27.957 -0.676
36 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 175.767 27.978 -0.697
37 34 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 175.604 28.004 -0.723
38 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 175.497 28.021 -0.740
39 74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet Turn One Racing 175.497 28.021 -0.740
40 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 175.022 28.097 -0.816
41 93 David Reutimann+ Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing 174.408 28.196 -0.915
42 32 Reed Sorenson+ Ford Southern Pride Trucking 173.724 28.307 -1.026
43 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 174.848 28.125 -0.844
Did Not Qualify
44 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 174.823 28.129 -0.848
45 98 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 174.730 28.144 -0.863
46 33 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Little JoesAutos.com / Link-Belt 174.662 28.155 -0.874
47 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 174.649 28.157 -0.876

 

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