Cup Qualifying Cancelled; Earnhardt On Pole
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was awarded the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Stormy weather in Central Florida led to the cancellation of Saturday’s qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
The cancellation means that the field will be set by times set during Friday’s first practice session. Fastest in that practice, and awarded the pole for the race, was Dale Earnhardt Jr.
In the first of two practices Friday, Earnhardt posted the day’s fastest lap of 202.284 miles per hour (44.492 seconds) on the 2.5-mile tri-oval, driving the No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet. Earnhardt won the Coke Zero 400 in 2001 and has 15 victories at Daytona overall.
“We have a very fast car … a winning car,” Earnhardt said.
Starting second will be Austin Dillon.
Rounding out the top five are Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Trevor Bayne.
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