Greg Biffle On Pole For Coke Zero 400 At Daytona; First Pole Effort Since 2012by Hunter Thomas July 1, 2016 0 comments
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Roush Fenway Racing’s Greg Biffle is on the pole for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.
For the first time since August of 2012, Greg Biffle is on the pole for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Biffle’s last pole came at Michigan International Speedway on August 19, 2012. On Friday at Daytona, Biffle’s pole winning run was a lap of 46.643 mph at 192.955 mph. The effort marks Biffle’s 13th career pole in the series. He was fastest in both rounds of Coors Light Pole Qualifying.
“Yeah, we knew the car had pretty good speed from our practice but we never made a mock qualifying run,” Biffle said. “It was a little bit of unknown and we thought the car had enough speed to be top-10 for sure. If you hit your shift marks perfect and not try to put too much wheel in it entering the corner and be as smooth as you can and not make any mistakes. It is a little uneventful at Daytona but a lot of pressure not to make any little mistakes. I made two decent laps and the car has a lot of speed. We are pretty happy.”
Starting second on Sunday will be Biffle’s former teammate, Carl Edwards, who has 12 top-10 starts so far this season. Edwards was fourth fastest in Round 1, and the effort is his seventh career top-10 start at the speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has never won at Daytona before in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but Edwards did win a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the speedway back in 2004.
“It’s a great starting spot – congratulations to Greg (Biffle) and all those guys at Roush Fenway, I know they work hard on this program,” Edwards said. “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. I need to get a win in that column, we have a big zero there from my career here at Daytona so I would like to get a win.”
After cutting a right rear tire and crashing his primary car in final practice, Kyle Busch ran the third fastest lap in the final round of qualifying in his backup car. The run marks Busch’s 12th top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway, and it’s his 11th top-10 start in 2016. Busch was eighth in Round 1 but jumped up to third in Round 2 to wrap up the afternoon.
“Car felt good,” Busch said. “Everything about this Interstate Batteries Camry felt just like the primary car so I’m real excited about that and the preparation and the skill that these guys have here in preparing great race cars for me. I’m optimistic about tomorrow night. It doesn’t necessarily matter where you start. Certainly this is just all about pit selection and being able to hopefully have a good night tomorrow night.”
Ford Performance’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Brad Keselowski round out the top-five. Austin Dillon will start sixth, followed by Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch.
The Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola will broadcast live on NBC and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 7:45 p.m. ET, Saturday night.
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