Sunday, October 9, 2011

Biffle to Lead Cup Field to Kansas Green Flag

 Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR

The headlining event for a full Kansas Speedway race weekend that includes ARCA and NASCAR Nationwide Series races, the NASCAR Sprint Cup entered Friday qualifying in preparation for a 400 miles of racing Sunday.

The fourth race in the 2011 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, Kansas Speedway becomes a potential epicenter for shaping what is an incredibly tight championship battle. After the past Dover race, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards share the top position in the Chase standings with the top-8 driver residing in a 15-point interval.

With a pole position being a good launching pad for the Chase contenders for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, the efforts of the total 12 drivers were foiled by a driver and team outside of the 2011 competition within the NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. A two-time career winner of events held at Kansas Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle steered to his second pole of 2011. Clocking a 30.877 second lap time, Biffle outran teammate Carl Edwards by just 3/10ths of a mile per hour average in the qualifying lap. Missing the 2011 Chase, Greg Biffle is still searching for his first win in the season with his #16 Ford team.

As Carl Edwards #99 car starts alongside his teammate on the first row thanks to the NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying results, a third Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion ended the session in fourth place. The Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Toyota Kyle Busch has been sandwiched by Roush Fenway Racing drivers. Kasey Kahne registers a 5th fastest time in qualifying for the Hollywood Casino 400 with Paul Menard becoming the top Chevrolet runner placed in 6th for the race's start

In regards to the 2011 Chase championship fight in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Carl Edwards 2nd fastest time grants him an immediate advantage over Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch. The #29 Chevrolet of Harvick starts 12 place behind the #99 Ford in 14th starting spot. Kurt Busch will launch in 17th position while the #14 Chevy piloted by driver/owner Tony Stewart will roll off 23rd.

The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway will mark the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start for current Camping World Truck Series regular Austin Dillon. Son of past NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Mike Dillon and grandson of powerful race team owner Richard Childress, Austin Dillon will drive a #98 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at the 1.5-mile oval event. Starting his first Sprint Cup event in 26th place position, its amusing to note this is the exact same spot grandfather Richard Childress' 1969 debuted as a driver in NASCAR premier series.

Kansas Speedway will come alive for the Hollywood Casino 400 at 1PM local time (2PM Eastern time).


2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup
Hollywood Casino 400
Kansas Speedway
Starting Line-up

Pos # | Car # | Driver | Sponsor | Car Make 
  1. 16 Greg Biffle Sherwin-Williams Ford
  2. 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford
  3. 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota
  4. 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Ford
  5. 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Toyota
  6. 27 Paul Menard Schrock / Menards Chevrolet
  7. 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota
  8. 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
  9. 5 Mark Martin CARQUEST / Chevrolet
  10. 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet
  11. 39 Ryan Newman HAAS Automation Chevrolet
  12. 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge
  13. 6 David Ragan UPS Ford
  14. 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet
  15. 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota
  16. 78 Regan Smith FurnitureRowRacing/FarmAmerican Chev
  17. 22 Kurt Busch Shell Pennzoil Dodge
  18. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard / AMP Energy Chevrolet
  19. 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet
  20. 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota
  21. 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford
  22. 43 A J Allmendinger Best Buy Ford
  23. 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet
  24. 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios / Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
  25. 46 Scott Speed Ford
  26. 98 Austin Dillon PresidentRonaldReaganCentennial Chev
  27. 0 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
  28. 55 J J Yeley Front Row Motorsports Ford
  29. 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat Chevrolet
  30. 34 David Gilliland A&W All American Food Ford
  31. 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet
  32. 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Chevrolet
  33. 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Beans / Kingsford Toyota
  34. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet
  35. 71 Andy Lally Interstate Moving Services Ford
  36. 38 Travis Kvapil Long John Silver's Ford
  37. 13 Casey Mears GEICO Toyota
  38. 36 Dave Blaney Big Red Chevrolet
  39. 7 Reed Sorenson SPEED Energy / MAPEI / Menards Dodge
  40. 66 Michael McDowell Victory Junction Toyota
  41. 51 Landon Cassill SecurityBenefits/ThankATeacherToday Chev
  42. 32 Mike Bliss Street King Ford
  43. 87 Joe Nemechek AM FM Energy Toyota

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