Biffle, Martin claim Roush front row in Richmond

Greg Biffle's lap of 127.395 mph scored him the pole for the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway. It was Biffle's second pole of the year and third of his career. "I don't need to win here, but I need to finish in the top five," ...

Greg Biffle's lap of 127.395 mph scored him the pole for the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway. It was Biffle's second pole of the year and third of his career.

"I don't need to win here, but I need to finish in the top five," said Biffle. "We need to try and stay out front and if not we will fall in wherever we can."

A string of bad races has mired Biffle in 23rd position in series rankings. The No. 16 Roush Ford desperately needs a good run so that they can start to turn their season around.

"The only thing I can do is just be excited about tomorrow night and look forward to this," said Biffle. "I gotta out that big shield up about last week and what shoulda, woulda happened. I have to concentrate on tomorrow night. The best remedy for me is to be in the race car."

Mark Martin's lap of 127.029 mph earned him second, "I want to thank everyone who works on the team and all of our sponsors. It is such a pleasure to drive this car.it was great I didn't notice any wind or anything and the car worked fantastic."

Casey Mears was third with a lap of 126.862 mph, "It was good, a good day for us. In the test here we ran the same lap time as we did in our qualifying run. We were pretty confident we could come back and run the same qualifying lap. Our problem has been in race trim.hopefully we can finish it off with a good finish in the race."

Teammates Brian Vickers and Jimmie Johnson complete the top five fastest cars.

"There are tracks that you go to where you're expectations change," said Johnson of Richmond. "I show up at every track thinking that I'm going to win and have that in my heart that when I come here I always have a little bit of nervous energy of what is going to happen and how it's going to work out."

Forty-seven cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field; failing to make the show were Kertus Davis, Chad Chaffin, Stanton Barrett, and Hermie Sadler.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Casey Mears , Jimmie Johnson , Hermie Sadler , Chad Chaffin , Stanton Barrett , Brian Vickers , Kertus Davis , Mark Martin