Greg Biffle wins 1st pole since 2012 with strong Daytona run

Greg Biffle
FILE - In this May 21, 2015, file photo, Greg Biffle waits in his car before practice for the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Biffle, the most accomplished of Roush Fenway's three drivers with 19 Sprint Cup victories, has not won in 80 races, since June 2013 at Michigan. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Greg Biffle used a last-gasp push to steal the pole for Saturday night’s race at Daytona International Speedway.

Biffle was the last car to make a lap in Friday night’s qualifying session and earned the top starting spot with a speed of 192.995 mph in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford.

It is Biffle’s first pole since 2012.

He bumped Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch from the top of the leaderboard.

Edwards’ lap of 192.748 was good enough for second, while Busch dropped to third with a lap at 192.336. Joe Gibbs Racing had to scramble to ready Busch’s backup car for qualifying after Busch destroyed his Toyota during a crash in Friday morning’s practice session.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. qualified fourth to give Roush two drivers in the top four.

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