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Cup - Darlington - Qualifying times

Current Sprint Cup championship points leader Greg Biffle put himself into pole position for the start of this week's race at Darlington Raceway.
Roush Fenway Racing's Greg Biffle turned a lap of 27.281s (180.257 mph) in the penultimate run of qualifying to claim pole position for the Southern 500 Cup series race at Darlington Raceway.

It's his 11th pole in 341 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, and his second pole and eighth top-10 start in 2012. It's his second pole in 12 races at Darlington Raceway. Biffle has won twice before at Darlington, in 2005 and 2009.

Biffle will start alongside Jimmie Johnson on the front row, while Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman start immediately behind them. Scott Riggs, Michael McDowell, Stephen Leicht and Mike Bliss all failed to qualify for the 43-car starting grid for Saturday evening's race.

Earlier, Kevin Harvick had topped the first practice session of the day with a lap of 27.769s (177.090 mph) just 0.126s ahead of Biffle, while in the second practice session Biffle again came second, this time by 0.047s to AJ Allmendinger whose lap of 28.097s (175.022 mph) was the best showing.

Qualifying times

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 27.281s (Leader) 180.257mph
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 27.386s (-0.105) 179.566mph
3. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 27.386s (-0.105) 179.566mph
4. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 27.402s (-0.121) 179.461mph
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 27.404s (-0.123) 179.448mph
6. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 27.424s (-0.143) 179.317mph
7. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 27.427s (-0.146) 179.298mph
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 27.444s (-0.163) 179.187mph
9. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 27.451s (-0.170) 179.141mph
10. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 27.458s (-0.177) 179.095mph
11. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 27.459s (-0.178) 179.089mph
12. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 27.461s (-0.180) 179.076mph
13. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 27.474s (-0.193) 178.991mph
14. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 27.484s (-0.203) 178.926mph
15. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 27.500s (-0.219) 178.822mph
16. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 27.506s (-0.225) 178.783mph
17. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 27.515s (-0.234) 178.724mph
18. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 27.551s (-0.270) 178.491mph
19. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 27.592s (-0.311) 178.226mph
20. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 27.613s (-0.332) 178.090mph
21. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 27.630s (-0.349) 177.980mph
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 27.631s (-0.350) 177.974mph
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 27.635s (-0.354) 177.948mph
24. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 27.642s (-0.361) 177.903mph
25. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 27.651s (-0.370) 177.845mph
26. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 27.661s (-0.380) 177.781mph
27. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 27.735s (-0.454) 177.307mph
28. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 27.794s (-0.513) 176.930mph
29. #179 Scott Speed Ford 27.802s (-0.521) 176.879mph
30. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 27.823s (-0.542) 176.746mph
31. #13 Casey Mears Ford 27.825s (-0.544) 176.733mph
32. #30 David Stremme Toyota 27.845s (-0.564) 176.606mph
33. #173 Travis Kvapil Toyota 27.847s (-0.566) 176.594mph
34. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 27.857s (-0.576) 176.530mph
35. #52 Mike Skinner Toyota 27.957s (-0.676) 175.899mph
36. #38 David Gilliland Ford 27.978s (-0.697) 175.767mph
37. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.004s (-0.723) 175.604mph
38. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 28.021s (-0.740) 175.497mph
39. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 28.021s (-0.740) 175.497mph
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 28.097s (-0.816) 175.022mph
41. #10 David Reutimann+ Chevrolet 28.196s (-0.915) 174.408mph
42. #32 Reed Sorenson+ Ford 28.307s (-1.026) 173.724mph
43. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 28.125s (-0.844) 174.848mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 28.129s (-0.848) 174.823mph
45. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.144s (-0.863) 174.730mph
46. #33 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet 28.155s (-0.874) 174.662mph
47. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 28.157s (-0.876) 174.649mph

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

Practice 2 times

1. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 28.097s (Leader) 175.022 mph
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.144s (-0.047) 174.730 mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.246s (-0.149) 174.099 mph
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.248s (-0.151) 174.087 mph
5. #173 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.323s (-0.226) 173.626 mph
6. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.342s (-0.245) 173.509 mph
7. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 28.422s (-0.325) 173.021 mph
8. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 28.477s (-0.380) 172.687 mph
9. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.496s (-0.399) 172.572 mph
10. #30 David Stremme Toyota 28.531s (-0.434) 172.360 mph
11. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.544s (-0.447) 172.281 mph
12. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.546s (-0.449) 172.269 mph
13. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.582s (-0.485) 172.052 mph
14. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.585s (-0.488) 172.034 mph
15. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.626s (-0.529) 171.788 mph
16. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.646s (-0.549) 171.668 mph
17. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.662s (-0.565) 171.572 mph
18. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.666s (-0.569) 171.548 mph
19. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.670s (-0.573) 171.524 mph
20. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.682s (-0.585) 171.452 mph
21. #179 Scott Speed Ford 28.738s (-0.641) 171.118 mph
22. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.748s (-0.651) 171.059 mph
23. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.763s (-0.666) 170.970 mph
24. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 28.783s (-0.686) 170.851 mph
25. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 28.783s (-0.686) 170.851 mph
26. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.789s (-0.692) 170.815 mph
27. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.816s (-0.719) 170.655 mph
28. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.820s (-0.723) 170.632 mph
29. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.828s (-0.731) 170.584 mph
30. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 28.835s (-0.738) 170.543 mph
31. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 28.842s (-0.745) 170.501 mph
32. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 28.851s (-0.754) 170.448 mph
33. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 28.857s (-0.760) 170.413 mph
34. #33 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet 28.904s (-0.807) 170.136 mph
35. #52 Mike Skinner Toyota 28.906s (-0.809) 170.124 mph
36. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.919s (-0.822) 170.047 mph
37. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.960s (-0.863) 169.807 mph
38. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.968s (-0.871) 169.760 mph
39. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.979s (-0.882) 169.695 mph
40. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.984s (-0.887) 169.666 mph
41. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.019s (-0.922) 169.461 mph
42. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.070s (-0.973) 169.164 mph
43. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.097s (-1.000) 169.007 mph
44. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 29.162s (-1.065) 168.630 mph
45. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.212s (-1.115) 168.342 mph
46. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.228s (-1.131) 168.250 mph
47. #32 Reed Sorenson Ford 29.442s (-1.345) 167.027 mph

Practice 1 times

1. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 27.769s (Leader) 177.090 mph
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 27.895s (-0.126) 176.290 mph
3. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 27.942s (-0.173) 175.993 mph
4. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 27.979s (-0.210) 175.760 mph
5. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 27.997s (-0.228) 175.647 mph
6. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.036s (-0.267) 175.403 mph
7. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.044s (-0.275) 175.353 mph
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.044s (-0.275) 175.353 mph
9. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.049s (-0.280) 175.322 mph
10. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 28.078s (-0.309) 175.141 mph
11. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.088s (-0.319) 175.078 mph
12. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.103s (-0.334) 174.985 mph
13. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.108s (-0.339) 174.954 mph
14. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.118s (-0.349) 174.891 mph
15. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.146s (-0.377) 174.717 mph
16. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.181s (-0.412) 174.501 mph
17. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.193s (-0.424) 174.426 mph
18. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.200s (-0.431) 174.383 mph
19. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.204s (-0.435) 174.358 mph
20. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.209s (-0.440) 174.327 mph
21. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 28.214s (-0.445) 174.296 mph
22. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.233s (-0.464) 174.179 mph
23. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.235s (-0.466) 174.167 mph
24. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.252s (-0.483) 174.062 mph
25. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.267s (-0.498) 173.970 mph
26. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.320s (-0.551) 173.644 mph
27. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.326s (-0.557) 173.607 mph
28. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.333s (-0.564) 173.564 mph
29. #173 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.369s (-0.600) 173.344 mph
30. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.450s (-0.681) 172.851 mph
31. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.481s (-0.712) 172.663 mph
32. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.519s (-0.750) 172.432 mph
33. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 28.533s (-0.764) 172.348 mph
34. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 28.551s (-0.782) 172.239 mph
35. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 28.551s (-0.782) 172.239 mph
36. #30 David Stremme Toyota 28.609s (-0.840) 171.890 mph
37. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 28.629s (-0.860) 171.770 mph
38. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.650s (-0.881) 171.644 mph
39. #32 Reed Sorenson Ford 28.651s (-0.882) 171.638 mph
40. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 28.652s (-0.883) 171.632 mph
41. #179 Scott Speed Ford 28.654s (-0.885) 171.620 mph
42. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 28.692s (-0.923) 171.393 mph
43. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 28.693s (-0.924) 171.387 mph
44. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 28.711s (-0.942) 171.279 mph
45. #33 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet 28.848s (-1.079) 170.466 mph
46. #52 Mike Skinner Toyota 29.023s (-1.254) 169.438 mph
47. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.272s (-1.503) 167.997 mph



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