Biffle Breaks Charlotte Record

Greg Biffle

Biffle won his first pole at Charlotte with a new track record. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

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CONCORD, N.C. - Greg Biffle set a new track record with a lap of 193.708 mph to win the pole for Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Under cool weather conditions, the Roush Fenway Racing driver scored his third pole of the season and 12th of his career. It was Biffle's first-ever top spot at Charlotte. His run eclipsed Elliott Sadler's mark of 193.216 mph set back on Oct. 13, 2005.

"Seeing how fast they were running I was like 'wow' this track has got a lot of speed tonight," Biffle said. "It's just amazing how fast these cars are going. I never in a million years thought we would run as fast as we did."

Mark Martin will make his 850th start from outside the front row after he posted a lap of 193.361 mph.

"I knew it was flying because I went down into (turn) one and it was dragging, scrapping, smoking, I smell rubber from the tires rubbing - it was just doing it," Martin said.

Ryan Newman, who qualified third with a lap of 193.251 mph, was the last driver to break the old track record.

"I got everything I could out of it," Newman said. "I got just a little bit free getting into (turn) three had to counter steer just a little bit which just kind of cost me a little bit of confidence off of (turn) four. They said I had a good lap going. The guys did a good job today. We will keep working on it.”

Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five.

"After you climb out of one of these things after making a lap, you get a true opinion and appreciation of what fast is," Johnson said. "My car was great and I was fourth. When they told me I was fourth, I said 'you've got to be kidding me'. So Greg (Biffle) laid one down."

Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne completed the first 10 qualifiers.

Kahne, who won the Coca-Cola 600 in May, will be going for the season sweep in points-paying races at Charlotte on Saturday.

"We had a good practice today," Kahne said. "Everything is good it’s just everyone was fast tonight so we got beat by eight, nine cars. It felt really good with the car and the speed and the grip. I’m looking forward to Saturday night.”

Regan Smith, who is substituting for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports entry, qualified 26th.

“It was not as good as we would have hoped for," Smith said. "I felt like after practice we were going to have a shot at definitely a top 10 maybe a little better. Just got loose when I got down into (turn) one. The car set down and I just got extremely loose. It happens unfortunately, didn’t want it to happen tonight. We will work hard and get this thing perfect tomorrow so that when we go out to race we don’t have to worry about anything.”

Kurt Busch will make his first start for the Furniture Row Racing team from the 21st position.

AJ Allmendinger qualified 38th in the Phoenix Racing Chevrolet.

"For me, it was just trying to get out there and put a good lap in, but not do anything stupid," Allmendinger said. "I think we have a pretty good car. So we will just work on it tomorrow; we'll have a good car for Saturday night."

Four drivers failed to qualify for Saturday night's race: Joe Nemechek, Josh Wise, Scott Riggs and Cole Whitt.

Sprint Cup Series teams will practice on Friday.

Saturday night's Bank of America 500 is slated for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) green flag.

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