Austin Dillon Begins His Rookie Season With A Daytona 500 Pole

By Christy Valdez
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The field for the Daytona 500 is starting to shape up, but meanwhile the rest of the field awaits for the duels to know if they will race, Austin Dillon knows where he will be for the start of the great American race.

Dillon won the pole for the Daytona 500 during Sunday’s qualifying session when he posted a lap of 196.019 mph. With his lap Dillon secured his spot for next Sunday’s Daytona 500 and a spot for the 2015 Sprint Unlimited.

With the pole win Dillon became the second consecutive Cup Series rookie to win the pole for the season opening race.

Joining Dillon on the pole and also secure a spot on the front row was Martin Truex Jr.

Only Dillon and Truex have secured their starting spots in the race, but a few drivers locked themselves into the Daytona 500.

Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski have locked themselves in by their qualifying times. Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer are locked in by points and Tony Stewart is locked in by the champion provisional.

The rest of the filed attempting to race in the Daytona 500 will have one more chance to lock themselves in with the Budweiser Duel on Thursday.

With Dillon winning the pole it gives him a good start not only for his season, but for his rookie year in the cup. The pole win also marks the return on the No. 3 returning to the track. Dillon’s pole win also marks a good start for Richard Childress Racing, a team looking for a fresh start.

The Daytona 500 win adds another accomplishment for Dillon in his career. Going into his Cup rookie season fresh from a Nationwide championship, a pole win at one of the season’s important races leaves plenty to look forward to from Dillon. It also provides an interesting storyline going into the season opener.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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