Biffle leads Chase drivers in Charlotte qualifying

Biffle leads Chase drivers in Charlotte qualifying

Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Greg Biffle celebates his victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 5:40 AM

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Greg Biffle won the pole Thursday night for Saturday night's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the first NASCAR Cup race without an Earnhardt in 33 years. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is sitting out the next two races after sustaining his second concussion this year during a 25-car car crash last week at Talladega. Regan Smith, who'll drive Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevrolet, qualified 26th. 

Biffle turned a track-record lap of 193.708 mph in his No. 16 Ford and will start alongside Mark Martin on the front row for the fifth race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. 

Ryan Newman was third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson. 

AJ Allmendinger qualified 38th in his first action since being suspended July 7 for failing a random drug test.
 

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