Biffle leads Roush front row sweep at Kansas

Greg Biffle topped the charts in Friday's qualifying at Kansas Speedway, while his teammate, Carl Edwards, claimed the second spot to give Roush Fenway Racing the front starting row for the Hollywood Casino 400.

Biffle turned a lap at 174.887 mph for his second pole of the season and the eighth of his Sprint Cup Series career. He is a two-time race winner at Kansas, including a victory here one year ago.

"My lap was way better than practice," Biffle said. "[Crew chief] Matt [Puccia] and all the guys working on the car got it right. That makes me feel pretty good that they can get the car fast like that."

Edwards, who hails from nearby Columbia, MO, posted a lap at 174.571 mph to qualify the highest among the 12-driver field in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He shares the points lead with Kevin Harvick heading into the fourth race of the playoffs.

"Our Roush Fords are good, and it's a good sign," Edwards said. "We were not that good in practice. I'm pretty proud of that lap."

It's the fourth time this season that Roush Fenway has swept the front row.

Title contenders Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, also a Roush driver, qualified third and fourth, respectively. Kasey Kahne took the fifth spot, followed by Paul Menard, who was fastest in practice earlier in the day.

Denny Hamlin, currently last in Chase points, will start seventh, while Martin Truex Jr., last weekend's pole winner at Dover, will roll off eighth.

Mark Martin and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jeff Gordon, will share the fifth row. Gordon is presently ninth in points.

The remaining Chase drivers and their starting positions include: Ryan Newman (11th), Brad Keselowski (12th), Harvick (14th), Dover winner Kurt Busch (17th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (18th), Jimmie Johnson (19th) and Tony Stewart (23rd).

Keselowski won the most recent race at Kansas in June.

"We weren't very good in qualifying trim today, but we were really good in race trim," he said. "I feel good about Sunday, and I guess that's the day that counts."

Austin Dillon, the current points leader in the Camping World Truck Series, will start 26th in his Sprint Cup debut.

David Starr, Josh Wise and Mike Skinner failed to qualify for Sunday's 400- mile race at Kansas, which is scheduled to start just after 2:00 p.m. (et).