Thursday, October 11, 2012

Greg Biffle Wins Bank of America Pole at Charlotte

Greg Biffle wins Bank of America 500 Pole (Getty)
Sporting News

CONCORD, N.C. — Greg Biffle led the series points for much of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season, but until Thursday night, the Chase for the Sprint Cup was pretty much a downer for the veteran Roush Fenway Racing driver.

Biffle turned a lap of 193.708 mph Thursday to win the pole for Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With three consecutive finishes outside the top 10 to open the Chase and then a fortunate sixth-place finish at Talladega, Biffle has not had the Chase he anticipated. He sits ninth in the standings, 49 points behind series leader Brad Keselowski.

"We've been (testing) at five racetracks the last two weeks trying to catch up," Biffle said. "We started off our Chase a little bit behind for some reason. We have worked really, really hard. … We've been wondering what we missed."

A change in NASCAR's aerodynamic rules altered the setups. Biffle said Thursday's run is a sign his team has finally caught back up with the competition.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (center), driver of the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, is flanked by Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick (left) and crew chief Steve Letarte (right) as he speaks to the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 11 in Charlotte, N.C. Earnhardt will miss two races after suffering a concussion from an accident in Talladega last week. (Getty)

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