Biffle's Earns First Pole In More Than A Year

Greg Biffle won his first pole in more than a year by nipping Kurt Busch for the top spot in Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Biffle turned a fast lap of 192.453 miles per hour on the one and a-half mile Atlanta oval.

Series leader Jeff Gordon qualified eighth. Runner-up Jimmie Johnson, who is 53 points behind Gordon heading into Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500, will start just ahead of the four-time Cup champion in sixth.

There are four races left in the NASCAR Chase for the championship.

Friday's qualifying; race Sunday
At Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton, Georgia
Race distance: 500.5 miles, 325 laps
(Car number in parentheses)
1. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 192.453 mph.
2. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 192.426.
3. (44) Dale Jarrett, Toyota, 191.655.
4. (9) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 191.595.
5. (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 191.489.
6. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 191.199.
7. (40) David Stremme, Dodge, 190.975.
8. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 190.719.
9. (12) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 190.719.
10. (19) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 190.706.
11. (43) Bobby Labonte, Dodge, 190.548.
12. (01) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 190.509.
13. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 190.365.
14. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 190.247.
15. (25) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 190.058.
16. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 189.818.
17. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 189.818.
18. (11) Denny Hamlin, Chevrolet, 189.779.
19. (5) Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 189.759.
20. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 189.740.
21. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge, 189.694.
22. (18) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 189.681.
23. (78) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 189.642.
24. (55) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 189.610.
25. (26) Jamie McMurray, Ford, 189.532.
26. (07) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 189.428.
27. (10) Scott Riggs, Dodge, 189.409.
28. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 189.370.
29. (49) John Andretti, Dodge, 189.273.
30. (20) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 189.209.
31. (84) AJ Allmendinger, Toyota, 189.092.
32. (41) Reed Sorenson, Dodge, 188.796.
33. (7) Robby Gordon, Ford, 188.482.
34. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 188.079.
35. (70) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 188.034.
36. (15) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 187.786.
37. (6) David Ragan, Ford, Owner Points
38. (88) Ricky Rudd, Ford, Owner Points
39. (45) Kyle Petty, Dodge, Owner Points
40. (96) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, Owner Points
41. (66) Jeremy Mayfield, Chevrolet, Owner Points
42. (22) Dave Blaney, Toyota, Owner Points
43. (21) Bill Elliott, Ford, Past Champion
Failed to qualify
44. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 188.758.
45. (08) Burney Lamar, Dodge, 188.738.
46. (06) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 188.655.
47. (4) Ward Burton, Chevrolet, 187.697.
48. (36) Mike Skinner, Toyota, 187.665.


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