Biffle Atlanta Pole Winner

Greg Biffle picked up his first Bud Pole of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season on Friday night after he recorded a fast lap of 192.453 mph in qualifying for the Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Biffle went out 36th in the session and knocked Kurt Busch off the top of the board to score his first pole in 58 races and the fourth of his career.

"First at Atlanta and first for the season," Biffle said. "I'm kind of surprised I didn't have a pole here. We have run very well at Atlanta and enjoy coming here and racing. Are car was really fast right off the truck."

Busch, who had to settle for second, was the only other driver to eclipse the 192 mph barrier with a lap of 192.426 mph.

"Maybe we were just a little soft on our air pressure for qualifying tonight because I was wobbling around in one and two but really good in three and four," Busch said. "It was a good balance. I thought we had the speed to get the pole but just a little shy in our Dodge tonight."

Dale Jarrett scored his best start of the year after he qualified the No. 44 Toyota in the third spot. Jarrett was the only driver among the 13 required to qualify on time to post a top-10 start.

Kasey Kahne, who was fastest in the first practice session, qualified fourth with Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounding out the top five.

Spring Atlanta winner Jimmie Johnson qualified sixth for his 23rd top-10 start of 2007, extending his series lead in top-10 starts.

David Stremme, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Elliott Sadler completed the top-10 qualifiers.

Kevin Harvick, who will start 34th, was the only Chase contender that qualified outside the top 30.

The only incident during qualifying came when Dave Blaney's No. 22 Toyota slapped the wall in Turn 4. He will start 42nd.

Sam Hornish Jr. was one of five drivers that failed to qualify for the 325-lap race. It marked the sixth time Hornish has attempted to make his Cup debut driving the No. 06 Penske Dodge.

"Obviously, it’s not the best day for us," Hornish said. "We were real happy with how the car ran and we’re not missing it by much. We’ll keep working at it."

Burney Lamar, who was also looking to make his Cup debut, failed to make the show driving the No. 08 Dodge.

The other drivers that failed to qualify were David Reutimann, Ward Burton and Mike Skinner.

Sunday's Pep Boys 500 is scheduled to take the green flag at 2 p.m. (ET).

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