Greg Biffle edged out A.J. Allmendinger by .001 seconds to snag his first career pole at the Bristol Motor Speedway. This will be Biffle’s fourth career front row start at Bristol on Sunday.
“My guys got me out with about two and a half minutes left. I got one more run in and that made the difference today of being on the front row. This is a team effort. They are working super hard and I am happy to have 811 and 3M and all the partners and Ford and everybody working hard to get our team up front.” Biffle said.
Allmendinger was second in the morning practice session and remained the same. Allmendinger is out to prove his critics wrong that he isn’t good enough to handle Bristol.
Track record holder, Ryan Newman, qualified third followed by 5-time Bristol winner Jeff Gordon.
“I was glad to see our Quicken Loans Chevrolet pick-up to go from fifth to third; and we were close, I think within a hundredth there or so. It’s just a good run for us; a good starting spot. We’ll have a good pit selection. It’s all the things that you could ask for. We’ll just flip her over into race trim tomorrow and see how good we can make it on the long runs.” Newman said.
Winner of the fall event last season, Brad Keselowski, qualified his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge in fifth and Regan Smith, Aric Almirola, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, and Kasey Kahne rounded out the rest of the Top 10. Edwards definitely expected a better lap after leading the first practice session.
Timmy Hill and Robby Gordon both went home today. Gordon dropped out after massive electrical problems with his No. 7 car that forced him to withdraw.