Sprint Cup point leader Greg BIffle snared his second pole of the 2012 season, taking the top-spot for Saturday's Bojangles Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway. The Roush-Fenway Racing driver toured the legendary circuit in 27.281 seconds for an average speed of just over 180 miles per hour.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne each turned a lap time of 27.386, but Johnson gets the outside front-row position by virtue of his No. 48 Chevrolet being higher in car owner points than Kahne's No. 5 mount.
The top-five was completed by Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were Martin Truex Jr., Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, defending Southern 500 champion Regan Smith, and Jeff Burton.
Unadilla's David Ragan was 37th-fastest, whiile Reed Sorenson was slowest with the 47th-fastest time. His No. 32 Ford is locked into the race courtesy of car owner points, and he will race Saturday night.
In her return to the Sprint Cup Series, Danica Patrick turned the 38th-quickest time. Missing the show were Scott Riggs, Michael McDowell, Stephen Leicht, and Mike Bliss.
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