Edwards, Biffle claim Daytona front row

Feb. 19, 2012 at 7:16 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Carl Edwards won the time trials for the Daytona 500 and teammate Greg Biffle took the outside pole Sunday in a front-row sweep for Roush Fenway Racing.

Edwards turned in a lap of 194.738 mph at Daytona International Speedway, claiming his first Daytona 500 pole position and 11th of his Sprint Cup career.

He was helped by increasingly windy conditions throughout the day after taking his lap early in the competition, going fifth in a field of 49 drivers. Wind gusts reached as high as 40 mph at the track, slowing down the later drivers.

Biffle, driving ninth, recorded a lap of 194.087 mph to give Ford its first Daytona 500 front-row start since 2007, when David Gilliland and Ricky Rudd drove Fords for Robert Yates Racing.

The 54th running of NASCAR's most prestigious race is set for Feb. 26.

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