Austin Dillon puts number 3 Chevy on pole for Daytona 500

Austin Dillon celebrates his pole at Daytona Sunday. (Photo: Greg Engle)

 

Austin Dillon celebrates his pole at Daytona Sunday. (Photo: Greg Engle)
Austin Dillon celebrates his pole at Daytona Sunday. (Photo: Greg Engle)

DAYTONA BEACH Fl. — Rookie Austin Dillon put the fabled number 3 Chevy on the pole for the 2014 Daytona 500 Sunday. Dillon, who had been fast in the practices leading up to qualifying, put down a lap of 196.019 late in the session in the Richard Childress Racing Chevy; he was the only driver to break the 196 mile per hour mark.

“It is very cool,” Dillon said. “I was just happy to get inside that car. Another big thing was just holding the wheel straight and going through the gears correct. It was a good run, man. The ECR guys did great this weekend.”

Martin Truex Jr. making his first appearance for Furniture Row Racing will start alongside Dillon on the front row after his lap of 195.892.MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.