Greg Biffle sets a New Track Record at Charlotte Motor Speedway

By Brian Berg Jr.

Greg Biffle wasn’t the fastest in the practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway but he was able to pick it up to get the pole.  Ironically Greg Biffle qualified his No. 16 3m Ford 16th and ran a smoking fast lap.  A lap fast enough to break the track record.  Greg ran 193.708 MPH breaking the track record which was set by Elliott Sadler in 2005 of 193.216 MPH.  This is Greg’s third Coors Light Pole Award this season.

I’m excited to be at home this week and racing at Charlotte.” Greg said, “We ran well there in the spring and led a lot of laps. We also ran well there in the fall last year, so maybe this weekend will be our first Chase win.

Greg Biffle and his team have done well but in the last few races their car faded and they were not in contention for the win at the end.  “Charlotte changes the most out of any track we race at from evening to night. We’ve been fast, but as the rubber gets down the handling changes. We’ve got to stay up with the track to win there Saturday night.” Greg about his previous runs at Charlotte.  Maybe Greg and his team can do just that.  Starting at the front can’t hurt.

Greg Biffle’s Crew Chief Matt Puccia knows exactly what needs to be done to win at Charlotte.  “Traditionally we run well at Charlotte and led a lot of laps there in the spring. Charlotte is a typical 1.5-mile race track with a lot of grip.” Matt said, “The challenge is being able to adjust from the conditions changing as the track rubbers up. So that’s the challenge that we’ll have in front of us, but we are excited to be bringing the car we won Michigan with.”  Having a car that has won a race previously can’t hurt either.

Greg Biffle led the points standing before the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series but has had a disappointing Chase so far.  Greg is currently ninth in the standings 49 points behind Brad Keselowski the point leader.  This is Greg’s third pole and 19th top-10 start in 2012.  This is Greg’s 12th pole in 361 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

Mark Martin will start second, Ryan Newman third, Clint Bowyer fourth and Jimmie Johnson fifth.  Mark Martin and Ryan Newman both ran faster than the previous track record.

No. 87 Joe Nemechek, No. 26 Josh Wise, No. 23 Scott Riggs and No. 33 Cole Whitt all failed to qualify and will miss the race.

Brian Berg Jr. is the Lead NASCAR writer for

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