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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 début 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]
Series championship contenders Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, take part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with a burnout after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with his team after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the series championship and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, and Daniel Suarez, driver of the #18 ARRIS Toyota, lead the field on the first lap of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Austin Dillon, driver of the #33 Rheem Chevrolet, leads Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Crest Chevrolet, during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Crest Chevrolet, races to the finish line to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Crest Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida (Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Plaid Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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