Posted February 17, 2014

Austin Dillon wins pole for Daytona 500 in No. 3 car

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Austin Dillon (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Austin Dillon won the truck series in 2011 and the Nationwide series in 2013. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Austin Dillon won the pole on Sunday for next weekend’s Daytona 500 in the No. 3 Chevrolet, a number team owner Richard Childress had refused to field since Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident in that number car on the last lap of the 2001 race, according to an Associated Press report.

Earnhardt was a seven-time series champion who won 67 career races, including the 1998 Daytona 500, driving the No. 3 Chevy.

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Dillon is the 23-year-old grandson of Childress who won the Nationwide series last year. He has 13 Sprint Cup starts and will be racing in NASCAR’s highest series full-time this year. He has never led a lap or had a top-10 finish in a Sprint Cup race.

Dillon’s 196.019 mph lap won the pole. He is the second straight rookie to win the pole after Danica Patrick also became the first woman to do so last year.

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“I feel like our engines have been really good since we’ve been here. … I just had to get my shifts. And I knew that hopefully I could hold the wheel straight for two laps,” Dillon told Fox Sports after his lap. “Everybody wants to see this number perform well, and that’s what my goals are.”

Added Childress: “I couldn’t be more proud of Austin. We wanted to come down here and put on a good show with the 3.”


7 comments
Crapahoola
Crapahoola

Just like Danica last year, the 3 got through tech without a hitch this year.  I knew something was fishy when I saw Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Ronnie Milsap doing the tech inspection.

Jbzm
Jbzm

Nascar is like wrestling. It is fixed. The entertainment is bleeding profusely while losing fans by the drove. It lost it"s base years ago. Has not been the same sine Dale Sr. Passed away.

Last years Daytona pole and now this years pole, what are the odds? If you do watch the race next week you will see a whole lot of empty seats. Prices to high and the races are fixed. I will not watch a race again this year.

s2sharkjst
s2sharkjst

"six-time series champion" Might want to double check that.

2001mark
2001mark

@Jbzm  Returning their #3 car alone is creative fixing in my opinion.  Nevermind 'winning' the pole position.  


Chase 'playoffs' shouldn't be a bunch of cookie cutter ovals either; make the final 10 races include at least one discipline each including road course.  To have it all come down to a final in Miami is even more ridiculous.

s2sharkjst
s2sharkjst

Now as I look at it again I suppose the was saying that he captured six of his seven driving the 3.