Point's leader Greg Biffle took the Busch pole at Memphis with a 116.817 mph lap. Biffle is used to success at Memphis, Biffle's average in Trucks and Busch at the track has been a 3.2 start and an average finish of 10.6. Last year, however,...
Point's leader Greg Biffle took the Busch pole at Memphis with a 116.817 mph lap. Biffle is used to success at Memphis, Biffle's average in Trucks and Busch at the track has been a 3.2 start and an average finish of 10.6. Last year, however, Biffle would start strong but problems would see him finish 20th. "Last year was just on of those days," said Biffle. "We had a really good car, and I definitely think we could've finished in the top five. We had a miscue during one of the stops that put us behind a little, but the crew did a great job of pulling together and getting us back up to the front. A call to take right-side tires only got us into the top five on the last stop, but the sway bar broke when we dropped the jack. The handling was way off after that and we didn't finish as well as we had hoped, but it wasn't for lack of effort." This is Biffle's fourth pole this year and sixth of his career in the Busch Series.
RCR's, Johnny Sauter will start on the outside of row one. "This is a neat track to run at. It reminds me of Richmond a little, Johnny said. "A lot of close, side-by-side racing. I've had a couple of good runs here so far and the biggest key will be just getting the nose around. If we can do that, we'll have a good day. I'm real excited because this will be my last chance in the #21 car to get a win this year. This has been a great experience for me. These guys have been real good to me, and we haven't always had the best of luck. I would like to reward them with a good finish."
Rounding out the top-5 are Randy LaJoie (3), Shane Hmiel (4), and David Reutimann (5).
Fifty-five cars attempted to make the 43-car field for Saturday's race. Among those who failed to make the show are Chad Chaffin and Mike Harmon. Rookie Scott Riggs will have to pull out the back-up #10 Nesquik Ford after wrecking in practice and join Coy Gibbs at the rear of the field who made an engine change after the initial practice session.
Starting outside of him will be rookie Johnny Sauter in the No. 2 ACDelco Chevy with his speed of 116.671 mph. The second row will be occupied by defending race winner Randy LaJoie in the No. 7 Chevrolet with rookie Shane Hmiel in the No. 47 Chevrolet outside of him.
Rounding out the top 10 will be David Reutimann, Scott Wimmer, Tim Fedewa, Stacy Compton, Mike McLaughlin and Ron Hornaday.
Scott Riggs and Coy Gibbs will start at the back of the pack. Riggs crashed the No. 10 Ford during practice and damaged it enough to bring out the back-up car. Gibbs changed motors after the first practice session.