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Biffle and Edwards up front for Kansas

Greg Biffle pipped Roush Fenway team mate Carl Edwards to pole position for Sunday afternoon's Hollywood Casino 400 Cup race at Kansas Speedway, the fourth race of the 2012 Chase.
Greg Biffle recorded a time of 31.024s around the 1.5 mile tri-oval to clock a speed of 174.887mph, putting him 0.056s ahead of his Roush Fenway Racing team mate Carl Edwards for pole position.

Biffle had to rally from a poor first practice session in order to claim his second pole of the season (and his eighth in his Cup career.) "Fifteen or 20 guys in race trim were way faster than we were," he said. "We didn't lose our patience, focus or confidence on getting the car to go ... I think that says something about the team."

Starting alongside him on the front row, his team mate Carl Edwards currently leads the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship and is tied on points with Kevin Harvick, who will start Sunday afternoon's race from 14th position.

"This is I think the best we have every qualified here so I am not going to act like I am frustrated about it," said Edwards. "I would obviously like to be on the pole but I didn't think we would be this good coming out of practice ... I am proud of our qualifying effort and I am proud that we have an all-Ford front row."

"I don't think the first lap is going to be a lap that I would let him lead but I may not have that opportunity," said Biffle when asked about how he would approach the start of the race battling with his team mate. "He may be faster than me on the start of the race. You just never know."

Behind the all-Roush front row are Chase contenders Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. Denny Hamlin will start from seventh and Jeff Gordon in tenth, in what could prove to be a critical race for them all if they hope to stay in touch with the Chase leaders.

Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski will start alongside each other from 11th and 12th, and Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be side-by-side in 17th and 18th just ahead of Jimmie Johnson. Tony Stewart is the lowest-placed of the Chase contenders for the start, and will line up in 23rd alongside Clint Bowyer who earlier announced his move from Richard Childress Racing to Michael Waltrip Racing next season.

Reed Sorenson bounced back from losing his Turner Motorsports ride in the Nationwide Series by picking up a one-race deal to drive Robby Gordon's #7 car, and Austin Dillon will make his Cup d├ębut after qualifying in 26th position. David Starr, Josh Wise and Mike Skinner failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

There are two Cup practice sessions scheduled for Saturday before the race itself on Sunday afternoon at 2pm local time (7pm BST). Races are shown live in the UK on subscription satellite channel Premier Sports TV.

The Nationwide Series support race is the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm. There is no Camping World Truck Series race this week.

Full qualifying times and positions available.



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Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, prepares to drive during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 7 in Kansas City, Kan. [Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Sherwin-Williams Ford, poses after qualifying and winning the Coors Light Pole Award to lead the field to the green flag to start the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 7 in Kansas City, Kan. Biffle ran a fast lap of 174.887 mph (30.877 secs.) [Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR]
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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, leads Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Splash-FVP/Menards Toyota, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, crosses the finishline to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
German Quiroga, driver of the #77 NET10 Wireless Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 12, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, sits on the grid under an umbrella prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 12, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 12, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
(Back Row L-R) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes Ford, Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Catepillar Chevrolet, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Gwaltney Ford, (Front Row L- R) Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Call Before You Dig Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Bush`s Beans Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, pose with the Sprint Cup Trophy after qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
(Back Row L - R) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes Ford, Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Catepillar Chevrolet, Miss Sprint Cup Madison Martin, Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Gwaltney Ford, (Front Row L- R) Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Call Before You Dig Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Bush`s Beans Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, pose with the Sprint Cup Trophy after qualifying for the Chase  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS, made the Chase finishing in ninth place and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, was just short of making the Chase finishing in eleventh place Saturday, September 6, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Eight Chevy drivers are in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins next week at Chicagoland Speedway. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates with the chequered flag after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on September 5, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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