BUSCH: Biffle on season finale pole at Homestead

In the hotly contested Busch series championship fight, it is fitting that 2002 Busch series champion, Greg Biffle, will lead the field to the green flag for the season-ender at Homestead Miami Speedway. Biffle, driving the No. 7 Chevrolet, turned...

In the hotly contested Busch series championship fight, it is fitting that 2002 Busch series champion, Greg Biffle, will lead the field to the green flag for the season-ender at Homestead Miami Speedway. Biffle, driving the No. 7 Chevrolet, turned a lap of 177.416 mph on his way to his second pole of the season.

"It's going to be a lot faster than last year," said Biffle. "That's for sure. With the steeper banks this year, the cars are going to fly!"

It is Biffle's ninth career Bud pole award. For Biffle, it's a good indicator that he is a threat for the victory: he has won three Busch races from the pole, including last month's win at Atlanta. Biffle has scored a top five finish in both of his previous series starts at Homestead.

"They (the No. 7 team) are capable of winning a lot of races," said Biffle of his team. "They are capable of winning a championship.

Biffle stepped into the No. 7 ride after Randy LaJoie was fired earlier this season.

Bobby Hamilton, Jr. leads the No. 25 to the green flag from the second spot on the grid, and Kasey Kahne was third, making his seventh top five start of the year.

"We lost a little bit of time from practice, but that was to be expected given the track temperature," said Kahne. "The track was real tight. We were loose this morning, but now we were just too tight to get the pole and we didn't get the RPMs we were looking for and didn't get off the corner quite as well as we wanted to."

Kevin Harvick was fourth, and Rockingham winner Jamie McMurray rounds out the top five.

"It should be really good racing and should be and exciting end to the season," said Harvick.

Points leader Brian Vickers motors the No. 5 Chevrolet from the sixth position.

The Busch series championship is the tightest margin between positions one through six in series history. Heading into the last race of the year, the top six contenders are separated by just 89 points. David Green, Ron Hornaday, Jason Keller, Scott Riggs and Bobby Hamilton, Jr. all chase Vickers for the series title.

Vickers' hottest rivals for the championship, Green and Riggs, start 12th and 20th.

"I think the track has changed a lot, the same as it did on test," said Riggs. "All day that morning it was loose, and the further into the day we went the tighter the track got and the faster the speeds got. This morning, for some reason, we were way loose. We kept making adjustments to tighten the car up and we finally got it pretty good, snug to where it was comfortable and I could start driving it hard. I felt like we needed to free it up a little more for qualifying, so we freed it up a little bit and it was way tight. I don't know."

Fifty-one drivers attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field. Failing to make the show were Morgan Shepard, Jason Schuler, Clint Vasholtz, Justin Ashburn, Mike Harmon, Stan Boyd, Joe Aramemdia, and Brad Baker.

Notably, 2003 Winston Cup champion, Matt Kenseth starts from the 25th spot in the Ford 300 Saturday.

Every car that took the flag for time-trials today broke the track record set by Jeff Green last year at 152.031 mph. Homestead Miami Speedway recently reconfigured their racetrack with 20-degree variable banking in the turns and the addition of SAFER barriers. The construction project makes HMS the only high-banked racetrack with the steel and foam energy reduction barrier on its turns.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Matt Kenseth , Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Jamie McMurray , David Green , Scott Riggs , Mike Harmon , Kasey Kahne , Brian Vickers , Jason Schuler , Stan Boyd , Justin Ashburn