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NASCAR At Charlotte: Biffle, Martin start on front row

Greg Biffle starts on the front line with Mark Martin at tonight's Bank of America 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Greg Biffle set a track record Thursday with a lap of 193.708 mph to earn the pole for Saturday night's Bank of America 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway, the fifth race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Biffle is currently ninth in the Chase standings, 43 points behind leader Brad Keselowski. Keselowski is starting from the 10th row at the No. 20 position. Starting on the front row with Biffle is 53-year-old Mark Martin, who is making his 850th career start.

Notable by his absence this weekend will be Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is sitting out the next two races due to a concussion sustained last weekend at Talladega. Earnhardt is 11th in the Chase standings.

The race starts at 7:46 p.m. ET and will be televised by ABC. Drivers start two to a row. Here is the starting grid for tonight's race, with the Chase drivers listed in bold:

  1. Greg Biffle
  2. Mark Martin
  3. Ryan Newman
  4. Clint Bowyer
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Martin Truex Jr.
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Kasey Kahne
  11. Kevin Harvick
  12. Joey Logano
  13. Jeff Gordon
  14. Sam Hornish Jr.
  15. Bobby Labonte
  16. Trevor Bayne
  17. Aric Almirola
  18. Marcos Ambrose
  19. Carl Edwards
  20. Brad Keselowski
  21. Kurt Busch
  22. Juan Pablo Montoya
  23. Scott Speed
  24. Paul Menard
  25. David Ragan
  26. Regan Smith
  27. Casey Mears
  28. Mike Bliss
  29. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  30. Jamie McMurray
  31. David Stremme
  32. Tony Stewart
  33. Michael McDowell
  34. David Reutimann
  35. JJ Yeley
  36. David Gilliland
  37. Landon Cassill
  38. AJ Allmendinger
  39. Jeff Burton
  40. Timmy Hill
  41. Travis Kvapil
  42. Dave Blaney
  43. Reed Sorenson

DNQ: Joe Nemechek, Josh Wise, Scott Riggs, Cole Whitt.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.