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Daytona: Rookie Dillion grabs the poll

Posted By James Williams On February 17, 2014 @ 7:50 AM In 1080 Sports,Florida News,Insider Main,main feature,NASCAR | No Comments

Austin Dillon will have the No.3 car back on the poll at Daytona. [1]

Austin Dillon will have the No.3 car back on the poll at Daytona.

Richard Childress has been brining race teams to Daytona for over 25 years, under the banner of Richard Childress Racing, but Sunday he might have experienced his proudest moment. Austin Dillion,  Childress grand son , put the iconic black No. 3 Chevrolet on the poll for the 2014 Daytona 500.

Dillion,grabbed the poll with a qualifying speed of 196.019 mph putting a second ahead of Furniture Row Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. on the front row. Where the rest of the field will start comes on Thursday after the traditional twin 150 races are run.

While Dillion has raced 14 times as a fill in driver in the Sprint Cup Series this will be his first full year competing with the big men, and Danica Patrick.

Childress, made the choice to bring the  No. 3 car back for the first time since his driver and friend Dale Earnhardt died in the 2001 Daytona 500.  Now, his 23 year old grand son will start from the point come Sunday.

Many race fans will recall  that in 2001, Earnhardt was third on the final lap, trailing the cars of Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who were driving for Earnhardt’s team, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. However, he and Ken Schrader crashed in the middle of turns three and four and Earnhardt’s car hit head-on with the outside wall. He was pronounced dead just after 5 p.m. ET from a basilar he sustained in the crash. In October of that year, NASCAR made head and neck restraints mandatory for all drivers. Earnhardt was not wearing one in February.

When Kevin Harvick replaced Earnhardt the next week, the car’s number was switched to the No. 29, the number Harvick drove at RCR through 2013. After the season, Harvick left for Stewart-Haas Racing, giving Dillon and Childress the opportunity to bring the No. 3 back in 2014.

 Here will be the starting positions for Thursday’s twin 150’s at Daytona:

BUDWEISER DUEL 1

1. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 196.019 mph.

2. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 195.818.

3. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 195.707.

4. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 195.211.

5. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 195.004.

6. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 194.894.

7. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 194.658.

8. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 194.582.

9. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 194.574.

10. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 194.544.

11. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 194.502.

12. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 194.422.

13. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 194.38.

14. (47) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 194.108.

15. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 194.066.

16. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 193.736.

17. (30) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 193.594.

18. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 193.365.

19. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 192.798.

20. (26) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 192.538.

21. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 192.291.

22. (98) Josh Wise, Ford, 192.061.

23. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 190.48.

24. (23) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 189.685.

25. (77) Dave Blaney, Ford.

BUDWEISER DUEL 2

1. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 195.852 mph.

2. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 195.712.

3. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 195.296.

4. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 195.042.

5. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 194.919.

6. (33) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 194.776.

7. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 194.637.

8. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 194.582.

9. (7) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 194.574.

10. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 194.523.

11. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 194.477.

12. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 194.41.

13. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 194.334.

14. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 194.078.

15. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 193.616.

16. (40) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 193.732.

17. (66) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 193.428.

18. (35) Eric McClure, Ford, 192.905.

19. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 192.695.

20. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 192.328.

21. (32) Terry Labonte, Ford, 192.135.

22. (52) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 192.493.

23. (83) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 190.347.

24. (93) Morgan Shepherd, Toyota, 189.542.

NOTE: Austin Dillon and Martin Truex Jr. will start first and second, respectively, in the Daytona 500, regardless of finish in the Budweiser Duel


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