Dale Earnhardt Jr. awarded Daytona pole thanks to Mother Nature

Crew chief Greg Ives and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the garage during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Crew chief Greg Ives and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the garage during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

On a weekend celebrating America, NASCAR’s favorite son was able to hold his own celebration.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored a NASCAR Sprint Cup series pole Saturday thanks to inclement weather around Daytona International Speedway and will lead the field to the green for Sunday’s Coke Zero 400.

It wasn’t rain but threatening skies and lightening that canceled Friday’s qualifying session. The dark clouds forced the speedway to empty the stands and sent NASCAR teams scrambling to first cover, then push their cars back to the garage. At 6:00 p.m. ET, NASCAR felt there wasn’t enough time to get the two rounds of qualifying in prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series race and called the session. Earnhardt earned the pole as NASCAR sets the field by the first practice results.  Earnhardt led that first session with a fast lap of 202.284 miles per hour.

“I asked Greg (Ives, crew chief) before we went out to practice what we were trying to accomplish in that first practice,” Earnhardt said MORE>>>

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