Austin Dillon had the fastest car during Pre-Season Testing in January and he once again has a quick machine for the Daytona 500. Dillon took the pole on Sunday for the 56th Annual Daytona 500. Dillon was able to hold off Martin Truex Jr. and beat out Roush-Fenway teammates Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards for the pole.
Dillon will share the front row with Martin Truex Jr. They are the only two drivers with a firm starting spot in next Sunday’s race. The 47 other cars will have to compete in Thursday’s Budweiser Duels in order to earn their starting spot in the race. Unless Dillon or Truex Jr. wreck or change engines, they will start up front in the Great American Race.
For the first time ever, the Duels will be run at night instead of during the day. FOX Sports 1 will have coverage of the Duels starting at 7 ET Thursday.
Dillon is the second straight rookie to take the prime spot on the Dayton 500 starting grid. Danica Patrick had the pole in last season’s event. Patrick wasn’t able to lead the first lap, but she did become the first woman to lead a lap in the Daytona 500 later in the race.
Look for another post to have the starting lineups for each Budweiser Duel.
By Jason Schultz
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