Biffle takes the Hollywood Casino 400 pole at Kansas

Qualifying at Kansas took place under cool and cloudy conditions with wind gusts that reached up to 25 mph. At the end of qualifying, Greg Biffle’s Sherwin Williams Ford from Roush Fenway Racing was sitting on the pole with a lap of 174.887 MPH. His teammate Carl Edwards will start outside the front row in the Aflac Ford.

[media-credit id=2 align=”alignright” width=”225″][/media-credit]“Well, it was a really good lap. I think what I really would rather talk about is how slow we were when we unloaded off the truck. It was quite amazing. We were 35th or 37th when we unloaded off the truck today.” Biffle said. “We made about six qualifying runs and the last one was pretty dang good and they changed a bunch more stuff on it for the real one. The car was really good.”

The pole for the Hollywood Casino 400 was the 8th of Biffle’s career and his best start in 11 tries at the mile and a half track.

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Edwards commented he had never started this far up at Kansas so he was excited. Edwards said “How you qualify is not indicative of how you are going to run in the race.” But he stated that he was excited to be starting so far up in the field.

It is Roush Fenway’s eighth Sprint Cup pole in 2011, with all four of the team’s Cup drivers having won multiple poles this season. It also marked Roush Fenway’s second Sprint Cup pole at Kansas and its first since 2005.

Kyle Busch who starts 3rd tomorrow stated that he hoped to have a much better race than he had last time here at Kansas. He also stated that he was happy to see Clint Bowyer added to the Toyota family.

“We were looking for a little bit more than that, but certainly the pace is a little bit slower than we expected qualifying to be. So far so good. We’ve dodged a couple bullets. The M&M’s Camry unloaded good.” Busch said.

Austin Dillon qualified 26th to make his first start in the Sprint Cup Series.

“Thinking about it going up there, I wasn’t nervous all the way up until it was time to go. And then it’s just like you think of every little thing that could go wrong. We were fast enough in practice to get in really fast. That time we actually picked up some more speed, but I think if I would have calmed down a little bit it would have helped my lap.” Dillon said.

The field is separated by only 0.86 of a second.

 

Starting Lineup
Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas Speedway
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Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
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1 16 Greg Biffle Ford 174.887 30.877
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford 174.571 30.933
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 174.447 30.955
4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 174.436 30.957
5 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 174.413 30.961
6 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 174.317 30.978
7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 174.222 30.995
8 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 174.126 31.012
9 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 174.092 31.018
10 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 174.048 31.026
11 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 174.031 31.029
12 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 174.02 31.031
13 6 David Ragan Ford 173.863 31.059
14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 173.617 31.103
15 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 173.605 31.105
16 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 173.527 31.119
17 22 Kurt Busch Dodge 173.327 31.155
18 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 173.238 31.171
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 173.182 31.181
20 20 Joey Logano Toyota 173.171 31.183
21 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 173.066 31.202
22 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 172.944 31.224
23 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 172.933 31.226
24 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 172.889 31.234
25 46 Scott Speed Ford 172.866 31.238
26 198 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 172.723 31.264
27 0 David Reutimann Toyota 172.607 31.285
28 55 J.J. Yeley Ford 172.568 31.292
29 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 172.535 31.298
30 34 David Gilliland Ford 172.43 31.317
31 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 172.397 31.323
32 30 David Stremme Chevrolet 172.177 31.363
33 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 172.161 31.366
34 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 171.936 31.407
35 71 Andy Lally* Ford 171.86 31.421
36 38 Travis Kvapil Ford 171.521 31.483
37 13 Casey Mears Toyota 171.429 31.5
38 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 170.989 31.581
39 7 Reed Sorenson Dodge 170.837 31.609
40 66 Michael McDowell Toyota 170.53 31.666
41 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 170.482 31.675
42 32 Mike Bliss+ Ford 170.132 31.74
43 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 170.148 31.737

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