Dillon, Truex Jr. to start from front at Dayton 500

4:04 PM, Feb 16, 2014   |    comments
Feb 15, 2014; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr during practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - Austin Dillon and Martin Truex Jr. will be on the front row for the Dayton 500.

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, six championships and the 1998 Daytona 500 driving the No. 3.

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

Furniture Row Racing's No. 78 - based in Denver - 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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