Austin Dillon Puts No. 3 On Pole For Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Austin Dillon put the famed No. 3 back out front at Daytona International Speedway.

Dillon won the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500 driving the No. 3 Chevrolet — a car Richard Childress has refused to field at NASCAR’s top level since Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident on the last lap of the 2001 race.

But with his 23-year-old grandson ready to move to the Sprint Cup Series, Childress allowed Dillon to use the number widely associated with the seven-time champion. Earnhardt won 67 races, seven championships and the 1998 Daytona 500 driving the No. 3.

Dillon turned a lap at 196.019 mph to win the pole.

Martin Truex Jr. qualified second with a lap at 195.852 mph in a Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet that gets its engine from Childress.

 

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