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Biffle beats Ragan to Texas pole

Roush Fenway Racing team mates Greg Biffle and David Ragan will share the front row for the start of Sunday's AAA Texas 500 Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Greg Biffle's qualifying lap of 27.873s on the 1.5-mile quad-oval Texas Motor Speedway was enough to put him ahead of his Roush Fenway team mate David Ragan for pole position. By one thousandth of a second.

"One one-thousandth of a second is not a huge margin to beat David by!" admitted Biffle after qualifying. "It was a great lap for us. Our car was really, really fast right off the truck. That's just a tribute to my team and how hard they've worked and how far we've come as a team this season. It was a great lap.

It's Biffle's third pole position of the year - tying him with Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman for most poles in 2011 - and the ninth in his Cup career of 328 starts. It's the first time he will have started from pole at Texas Motor Speedway.

Ragan was left ruing the near miss, but said: “I'd rather a teammate beat me than anybody else. At least it stays in the family, but anytime you're close to a pole you want it bad.

"If I get beat by one-thousandth I'm still mad, so, obviously, it's cool to sit on poles, but it's even cooler to have fast race cars and have a good starting spot for Sunday and that's what we did," he continued. "This is just the start of the weekend and I'm proud that we got a good qualifying effort and I can't wait until Sunday."

Matt Kenseth was only a hundredth of a second behind to make it a Roush Fenway 1-2-3, despite insisting that "I wasn't real happy with it in qualifying trim.

"We just missed the balance a little bit and I couldn't keep the gas down as long as I needed to ... I just didn't quite get it," he added. "I think it's okay. In race trim we were okay."

Kenseth's own Chase hopes were dealt a blow at last week's race at Martinsville, but he insists that it's not over for him just yet. "There are three races left," he pointed out. "We're down but not out and we're gonna go work as hard as we can, try to run up front, try to win some races and hopefully climb back in it."

But he's now 36pts off the championship leader - who is the fourth RFR driver, Carl Edwards, who managed to qualify in seventh place for Sunday's AAA Texas 500 Cup race.




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