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Biffle tops Allmendinger for Bristol pole

Fri 16th, March 2012

Bristol, TN (Sports Network) - Greg Biffle earned the pole for the Food City 500 after edging A.J. Allmendinger by the slimmest of margins in Friday's qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Biffle, the current points leader, posted a lap at 125.215 mph around the 0.533-mile, high-banked track for his 10th career Sprint Cup Series pole. He also notched his first pole at Bristol in 19 attempts here.

Biffle was only 0.001 seconds faster than Allmendinger.

Beginning the season with a trio of third-place finishes, Biffle holds a 10- point advantage over Kevin Harvick heading into the fourth race of the season.

"I've got to pinch myself; I think I'm dreaming," Biffle said. "Everything is going right for us right now. I got a lot of support from my team and the guys from the shop. [Crew chief] Matt Puccia is doing a great job."

Allmendinger was the second-to-last driver who made his qualifying run in the 44-car field.

"Ultimately, this has never been a great racetrack of mine," he said. "[Crew chief] Todd Gordon and everybody gave me such a great race car from the time we unloaded. It's just been a smooth day."

Ryan Newman qualified third, while Jeff Gordon took the fourth spot. Brad Keselowski, who won the most recent race at Bristol last August, completed the top-five.

"We have a great car in race trim," Keselowski said. "We unload great, but we weren't so great on the qualifying trim. We made some changes and got the qualifying trim a little bit better."

Regan Smith, Aric Almirola, Carl Edwards, who was quickest in practice earlier in the day, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne qualified sixth through 10th, respectively.

Defending race winner Kyle Busch will start 13th. Busch has won five races at Bristol, including four of the last six.

Harvick will roll off right behind Busch in 14th.

Rookie Timmy Hill was the only driver who failed to qualify for Sunday's race, which is scheduled to start just after 1 p.m. (ET).

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