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Biffle Cleans the Table en Route to Darlington Pole

Jimmie Johnson felt he left something on the table after his qualifying lap at Darlington. Johnson was holding onto the pole with just a handful of drivers left to make an attempt, tied with Kasey Kahne on time and hoping to give Saturday night’s grid an all-Hendrick Motorsports front row.

Until Greg Biffle came along and took everything Johnson left on the table for himself. Biffle blistered through turns 3 and 4 to for a lap time of 27.281, good enough to take the pole away from Johnson by .104 seconds. Johnson and Kahne actually ran identical lap times of 27.386, but Johnson will start second because he is higher in driver points than Kahne, who will share row 2 with Ryan Newman. Kyle Busch rounds out the top 5.

Matrin Truex, Jr. took a big step toward his second career win with his sixth-place effort. Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin will share row 4, starting seventh and eighth. Regan Smith and Jeff Burton round out the top 10.

The Bojangles’ Southern 500 is set to run on Saturday night under the lights at Darlington. The race starts at 7 PM and will air on FOX.

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