Originally created 03/27/04

Biffle wins Bristol pole with record lap



BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Greg Biffle set a Busch series track record Friday in qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Biffle turned a lap of 127.132 mph on the .533-mile concrete oval to take the pole for Saturday's Sharpie Professional 250. Driving a Ford, Biffle eclipsed the record of 126.495, set last March by David Green.

Martin Truex Jr., driving a Chevrolet, was second and also surpassed the previous record with a lap of 126.679.

It was the 10th career pole for Biffle, coming off his first victory of the season, last Saturday at Darlington.

"With that win last week, we've got great momentum," said the Roush Racing driver, who will also race in Sunday's featured Food City 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup event.

"I think the car will be good on long runs and I'm just really looking forward to it," Biffle said about Saturday's race. "It's really going to take a lot of pit strategy because track position is really key here.

"If I can stay in the top seven or eight, stay near the front, that would be key. It's when you get back there running 10th to 20th that makes it hard to pass and you can get your fenders knocked in."

Green, second to Kevin Harvick in the Busch season points, was third on Friday with a lap of 126.030, followed by Bobby Hamilton Jr. at 126.021 and Harvick at 125.732.

Michael Waltrip, third in the season points, qualified 20th at 124.379.