Two words synonymous with NASCAR racing are enough to sum up the dominant performance of qualification at the eighth race in the Chase: Roush Fenway.
This Ford-manufactured organization grabbed no less than the pole, second, third and seventh place for Sunday's race.
In the the very last run of the day, Greg Biffle escorted his No. 16 Fusion to a pole by the smallest of margins over his teammate David Ragan in the No. 6: .001 of a second. That is correct. Biffle claimed a first-place starting position with a time of 193.736 miles per hour. Barely outdone David Ragan, clocked in at a rapid rate of 193.737 mph.
Matt Kenseth will start right behind Biffle at race's commence as a result of his third-place finish. Points leader Carl Edwards will start "all the way back" in seventh place. His major faux pas was being a little loose when he crossed the line to start his qualifying run; it resulted in sending him a little too high in his entry into the fourth turn.
This minor breach cost him little time but probably two or three spots in qualifying position.
It is worth noting that the entire field qualified less than a second from each other; the pole position lap time was 27.873 seconds, while 43rd place crossed the line at 28.643 seconds.
This should make for an exciting, tight race. Who knows? We may be looking at fuel mileage as the key strategy towards the last laps on the fastest track of the Chase so far.
It was a great day for drivers with no current ride for next year. Ragan is unconfirmed. Recently-dumped Michael Waltrip Racing driver David Reutimann was on a mission to prove his worth and did so, nabbing fifth place. This was well ahead of his current teammate Martin Truex Jr. and his next-season replacement Mark Martin.
Texas Motor Speedway is the site of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first Sprint Cup win. Could this be where he ends his drought?
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