Greg Biffle was the second fastest car in both practices on Friday before qualifying for the Bojangle’s Southern 500. When the timed laps counted he put his Ford on top of the charts with a lap of 27.281 seconds at a speed of 180.257 mph. Biffle was the only driver to cross the 180 mph banner. Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne both turned in 27.386 second laps for speeds of 179.566 mph. Johnson will start on the outside of the front row by virtue of the first tie-breaker which is higher position in points. On the outside of row two will be Ryan Newman, who logged a 27.402 second lap for a speed of 179.461 mph. Kyle Busch rounded out the top five with a 27.404 second lap which translates to a speed of 179.448 mph. Martin Truex Jr. will be on the outside of the third row after timing in at 27.424 seconds at a speed of 179.317 mph.
This is Biffle’s 11th pole in 341 career Cup starts. Biffle has won two poles in 2012. This is also Biffle’s second pole at Darlington in 12 career races. The last time Biffle started on the pole at Darlington was 2008. He led 95 laps but had an engine failure and finished 43rd. Josh Wise was the fastest qualifying rookie.
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