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Biffle pips Allmendinger for Bristol pole

Greg Biffle won his first pole position at Bristol Motor Speedway, by the narrowest of margins over AJ Allemndinger for Sunday's Food City 500 Cup race.
"I've got to pinch myself right now," beamed Greg Biffle after claiming pole position at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time in his Sprint Cup career, and his 10th career pole in the series. "I think I'm dreaming! Everything's going right, right now."

It's not just claiming pole with a lap of 15.324s (125.215 mph) on the half mile oval that's delighted Biffle - it's also the fact that he's sitting on top of the Cup championship points standings three races into the 2012 season.

"The team is really excited about how the season started out," he enthused. "We have gone from a superspeedway to a one mile track to a mile-and-a-half which is a Roush Fenway flagship kind of race track. We have run very respectable at all those places and last week [at Las Vegas] I would have thought that third is nothing to shake a stick at."

As for his pole position lap at Bristol on Friday afternoon, Biffle credited a lucky break with the weather and the cloud cover coming at a critical moment.

"The sun just went behind the clouds," he said of his qualifying lap. "It was cooler earlier when some of those guys went and then the sun came out and it looked like the track lost a tenth ... Now the sun is behind the clouds and it is cooling down a bunch right now.

"The car was really good," he added. "The guys did a great adjustment late ... We were switching a few things back and forth for a little more turn versus a little less turn."

Biffle said that he probably couldn't have recreated his lap a second time if he'd tried. "I got in the gas fairly early and was a little worried about making the rest of the corner," he said. "It got loose up off of both ends because I went in the gas so early in the middle of the corner, just pushing the envelope as much as I could."

AJ Allmendinger put his Penske Racing #22 alongside Biffle on the front row, missing out on the top seat by just 0.001s. But he will trade that for reassurance that the team have overcome the electronic fuel injection pick-up issue that spoiled his race at Las Vegas last weekend.

"They figured out the problem," insisted Allmendinger. "As soon as we got back on Monday morning, they were working hard on it ... I guess we'll find out after Sunday if it's completely solved, but I have confidence that it is."




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