Biffle on pole with fastest ever lap of Charlotte

The Biff after scoring his 12th career pole, his third of the 2012 season

The Biff after scoring his 12th career pole, his third of the 2012 season

Roush Fenway Racing’s Greg Biffle will start Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 from pole position after breaking the circuit record in qualifying.

Biffle’s 27.88s lap of the 1.5 mile speedway proved 0.05s quicker than second fastest man Mark Martin.

Ryan Newman also lapped below the previous record to take third ahead of Chase contenders Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex and Matt Kenseth.

Points leader Brad Keselowski will start 20th, two places behind Australian Marcos Ambrose.

Further back in the field, Regan Smith completed his first qualifying run in Dale Earnhardt Jr’s famed #88 Hendrick Chevrolet in 26th position. The former Furniture Row Racing driver is replacing Earnhardt while the long-time fan favourite recovers from a concussion recevied in last weekend’s multi-car wreck at Talladega.

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Biffle currently sits ninth in the points standings with seven races to go, but says he’s not giving up on the possibility to winning his first crown.

“We’re certainly not gonna give up,” he said after qualifying.  “We’re gonna try to win here Saturday night, try to win next week all we can do is be in control of our own destiny and try to win these races.

“Is it too late for us to get back in the hunt?  Probably.  Mathematically, it doesn’t look good, but it’s possible.”

See below for the full qualifying result

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

SPEED

TIME

1 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / IDG 193.708 27.877
2 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 193.361 27.927
3 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 193.251 27.943
4 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy Benefiting Avon Foundation 193.043 27.973
5 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet MyLowe’s 192.995 27.980
6 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 192.919 27.991
7 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 192.885 27.996
8 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 192.850 28.001
9 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 192.802 28.008
10 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Time Warner Cable 192.644 28.031
11 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy Johns 192.637 28.032
12 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 192.561 28.043
13 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 192.212 28.094
14 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 191.666 28.174
15 Bobby Labonte Toyota Scott Products 191.605 28.183
16 Trevor Bayne Ford Good Sam Club / Camping World 191.293 28.229
17 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 191.286 28.230
18 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 191.279 28.231
19 Carl Edwards Ford Kellogg’s 191.245 28.236
20 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 191.232 28.238
21 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 191.225 28.239
22 Scott Speed Ford B&D Electrical 190.691 28.318
23 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target / Kellogg’s 190.691 28.318
24 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Pittsburgh Paints 190.617 28.329
25 David Ragan Ford Glory Foods 190.382 28.364
26 Regan Smith Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard 190.181 28.394
27 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical 190.027 28.417
28 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 190.027 28.417
29 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Best Buy 189.987 28.423
30 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 189.867 28.441
31 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 189.687 28.468
32 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 189.587 28.483
33 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love / Curb Records 189.587 28.483
34 David Reutimann Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 189.520 28.493
35 J.J. Yeley Ford MaxQworkforce.com 189.341 28.520
36 David Gilliland Ford Glory Foods 189.255 28.533
37 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 189.168 28.546
38 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 189.142 28.550
39 Reed Sorenson Toyota Aquaria USA 189.102 28.556
40 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy 188.937 28.581
41 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 188.469 28.652
42 Timmy Hill Ford U.S. Chrome 188.225 28.689
43 Josh Wise Ford MDS Transport 187.123 28.858
44 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 186.735 28.918
45 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 186.322 28.982
46 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 184.988 29.191
47 Cole Whitt Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 183.517 29.425

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