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18 years after it last occured, and 13 years since the number was last on the track, Austin Dillon put the No. 3 of Richard Childress Racing on the top of the speed charts during Daytona 500 qualifying to grab the pole for the 56th Annual Daytona 500. Dillon posted a time of 45.914 seconds at a speed of 196.019 MPH. His time was .039 seconds faster than Martin Truex Jr., who will start outside of the front row for next Sunday’s race. Those two cars are the only cars locked into their starting positions for the race. The remainder of the field will be set by the Budweiser 150 mile qualifying races on Thursday night.
The remainder of the top 5 in qualifying were Greg Biffle at 45.961, Carl Edwards with a 45.986 second lap and Ryan Newman who crossed the line in 45.987 seconds. The top 43 cars ran within one second of each other. Josh Wise crossed the line 43rd fastest at 46.860 seconds.
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