Greg Biffle on pole at Daytona
Greg Biffle (left) and car owner Jack Roush celebrates Biffle’s Coke Zero 400 pole at Daytona International Speedway on July 1, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).
By AMANDA VINCENT
Greg Biffle claimed his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole since 2012 on Friday at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, posting a lap at 46.643 seconds/192.955 mph in the second of two rounds of single-car qualifying to claim the top starting spot for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400. It was his 13th-career pole and his second at Daytona.
“It (Biffle’s No. 16 Ford) felt good in practice,” Biffle said. “The Fifth/Third Fusion was pretty solid, and the guys have been bringing really good cars to the speedways — really fast cars. The body shop has been doing a really good job and everyone putting the cars together — Roush Yates and Doug (Yates) and all the boys at the engine shop.”
After posting the fastest lap — a 46.722-second/192.629 mph run — in the first round of qualifying, Biffle went out last of the 12 drivers in round two and knocked the Joe Gibbs Racing teammates of Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch each down a notch. Biffle’s run moved Edwards from the provisional pole, but left him on the front row to start second, alongside Biffle.
“It’s a great starting spot,” Edwards said. “Congratulations to Greg and all those guys at Roush Fenway. I know they work hard on this program. They just got us. We have a really, really good Subway Camry. My guys worked really hard today, getting me comfortable in the car; they changed the seat, and they did a bunch of stuff. We would have loved to be on the pole, but starting up front will be great, and hopefully, we can stay up front.”
Busch will start third in a back-up car after wrecking his primary car earlier in the day because of a cut tire in the only practice session of the weekend for the Sprint Cup Series.
Here’s a look at the complete starting grid for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway:
Row 1 — Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford), Carl Edwards (No. 19 Toyota)
Row 2 — Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford)
Row 3 — Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford), Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet)
Row 4 — Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota), Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chevrolet)
Row 5 — Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota), Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet)
Row 6 — Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford), Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Ford)
Row 7 — Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Ford), Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford)
Row 8 — Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Toyota), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Chevrolet)
Row 9 — Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet), Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet)
Row 10 — Tony Stewart (No. 14 Chevrolet), Casey Mears (No. 13 Chevrolet)
Row 11 — Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet), Danica Patrick (No. 10 Chevrolet)
Row 12 — Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet), Chase Elliott (No. 24 Chevrolet)
Row 13 — Chris Buescher (No. 34 Ford) A.J. Allmendinger (No. 47 Chevrolet)
Row 14 — Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet), David Gilliland (No. 35 Ford)
Row 15 — Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet), Brian Scott (No. 44 Ford)
Row 16 — Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Chevroley), Bobby Labonte (No. 32 Ford)
Row 17 — Michael Annett (No. 46 Chevrolet), Landon Cassill (No. 38 Ford)
Row 18 — Cole Whitt (No. 98 Toyota), Matt DiBenedetto (No. 83 Toyota)
Row 19 — Michael McDowell (No. 95 Chevrolet), David Ragan (No. 23 Toyota)
Row 20 — Reed Sorenson (No. 55 Toyota), Regan Smith (No. 7 Chevrolet)
DNQ (did not qualify) — Josh Wise