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Cup: Charlotte - Qualifying times

Greg Biffle will start on pole position for Saturday night's Bank of America 500 Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with Mark Martin lining up alongside him on the front row.
Greg Biffle claimed his third pole of the season with a new record qualifying lap of 27.877s (193.708mph) putting him 0.05s ahead of fellow front row man Mark Martin.

It's Biffle's 12th career pole in 361 NASCAR Sprint Cup series starts, but the first time he's succeeded in claiming pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It's his first pole in the 2012 Chase, the last coming in May at Darlington 19 races ago.

Other Chase contenders qualifying in the top ten include Biffle's Roush Fenway Racing team mate Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin, Hendrick Motorsports duo Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne, and Michael Waltrip Racing team mates Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr..

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is replaced in the Hendrick #88 car by Regan Smith who qualified in 26th place. Kurt Busch will start from 21st in Smith's old Furniture Row Racing #78, while Busch's previous race seat at Phoenix Racing is taken by the returning AJ Allmendinger who managed to qualify for the race in 38th.

Joe Nemechek, Josh Wise, Scott Riggs and Cole Whitt failed to qualify for the 43-car grid and will miss Saturday night's race.

Qualifying times

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 27.877s (Leader) 193.708mph
2. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 27.927s (-0.050) 193.361mph
3. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 27.943s (-0.066) 193.251mph
4. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 27.973s (-0.096) 193.043mph
5. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 27.980s (-0.103) 192.995mph
6. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 27.991s (-0.114) 192.919mph
7. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 27.996s (-0.119) 192.885mph
8. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.001s (-0.124) 192.850mph
9. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.008s (-0.131) 192.802mph
10. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.031s (-0.154) 192.644mph
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.032s (-0.155) 192.637mph
12. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.043s (-0.166) 192.561mph
13. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.094s (-0.217) 192.212mph
14. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 28.174s (-0.297) 191.666mph
15. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.183s (-0.306) 191.605mph
16. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.229s (-0.352) 191.293mph
17. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.230s (-0.353) 191.286mph
18. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.231s (-0.354) 191.279mph
19. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.236s (-0.359) 191.245mph
20. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.238s (-0.361) 191.232mph
21. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.239s (-0.362) 191.225mph
22. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.318s (-0.441) 190.691mph
23. #195 Scott Speed Ford 28.318s (-0.441) 190.691mph
24. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.329s (-0.452) 190.617mph
25. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.364s (-0.487) 190.382mph
26. #88 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.394s (-0.517) 190.181mph
27. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.417s (-0.540) 190.027mph
28. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 28.417s (-0.540) 190.027mph
29. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.423s (-0.546) 189.987mph
30. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.441s (-0.564) 189.867mph
31. #30 David Stremme Toyota 28.468s (-0.591) 189.687mph
32. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.483s (-0.606) 189.587mph
33. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.483s (-0.606) 189.587mph
34. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 28.493s (-0.616) 189.520mph
35. #37 J.J. Yeley Ford 28.520s (-0.643) 189.341mph
36. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.533s (-0.656) 189.255mph
37. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 28.546s (-0.669) 189.168mph
38. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 28.550s (-0.673) 189.142mph
39. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.652s (-0.775) 188.469mph
40. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 28.689s (-0.812) 188.225mph
41. #93 Travis Kvapil+ Toyota 28.918s (-1.041) 186.735mph
42. #36 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet 28.982s (-1.105) 186.322mph
43. #191 Reed Sorenson Toyota 28.556s (-0.679) 189.102mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 28.581s (-0.704) 188.937mph
45. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 28.858s (-0.981) 187.123mph
46. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 29.191s (-1.314) 184.988mph
47. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 29.425s (-1.548) 183.517mph

Practice 1 times

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.170s (Leader) 191.693 mph
2. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.207s (-0.037) 191.442 mph
3. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.223s (-0.053) 191.333 mph
4. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.249s (-0.079) 191.157 mph
5. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.276s (-0.106) 190.975 mph
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.290s (-0.120) 190.880 mph
7. #88 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.322s (-0.152) 190.665 mph
8. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.331s (-0.161) 190.604 mph
9. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.345s (-0.175) 190.510 mph
10. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.360s (-0.190) 190.409 mph
11. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.364s (-0.194) 190.382 mph
12. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.375s (-0.205) 190.308 mph
13. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 28.394s (-0.224) 190.181 mph
14. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.422s (-0.252) 189.994 mph
15. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.424s (-0.254) 189.980 mph
16. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.432s (-0.262) 189.927 mph
17. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.443s (-0.273) 189.853 mph
18. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.475s (-0.305) 189.640 mph
19. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 28.491s (-0.321) 189.533 mph
20. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.516s (-0.346) 189.367 mph
21. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.543s (-0.373) 189.188 mph
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.577s (-0.407) 188.963 mph
23. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.580s (-0.410) 188.943 mph
24. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.592s (-0.422) 188.864 mph
25. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.619s (-0.449) 188.686 mph
26. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.623s (-0.453) 188.660 mph
27. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.632s (-0.462) 188.600 mph
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.660s (-0.490) 188.416 mph
29. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.673s (-0.503) 188.331 mph
30. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.678s (-0.508) 188.298 mph
31. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.681s (-0.511) 188.278 mph
32. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.684s (-0.514) 188.258 mph
33. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 28.714s (-0.544) 188.062 mph
34. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 28.717s (-0.547) 188.042 mph
35. #195 Scott Speed Ford 28.759s (-0.589) 187.767 mph
36. #30 David Stremme Toyota 28.762s (-0.592) 187.748 mph
37. #37 J.J. Yeley Ford 28.801s (-0.631) 187.493 mph
38. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.827s (-0.657) 187.324 mph
39. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.829s (-0.659) 187.311 mph
40. #191 Reed Sorenson Toyota 28.832s (-0.662) 187.292 mph
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 28.917s (-0.747) 186.741 mph
42. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 28.979s (-0.809) 186.342 mph
43. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 29.007s (-0.837) 186.162 mph
44. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 29.042s (-0.872) 185.938 mph
45. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.064s (-0.894) 185.797 mph
46. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.375s (-1.205) 183.830 mph
47. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 29.444s (-1.274) 183.399 mph

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie



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