Dylan Kwasniewski‘s debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is getting off to a good start, as he will lead the field to the green flag at Daytona International Speedway.
During the Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 qualifying session, Kwasniewski won the pole when he posted a speed of 192.078 mph. The pole win for Kwasniewski, also within the NASCAR’s new knock out qualifying session, gave him his first career Nationwide Seres pole.
The pole win also gives Kwasniewski his second Daytona pole of 2014, as he started on the pole in the ARCA Series season opener at Daytona last week.
Joining Kwasniewski on the front row will be Kyle Larson. Danica Patrick qualified in third, giving Turner Scott Motorsports the top three starting positions on Saturday.
Kyle Busch qualified in fourth followed by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Elliott Sadler to close out the top five.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series was set to be the first of the three touring series to debut the new knock out qualifying session, but inclement weather would go on to spoil Friday’s qualifying session. Qualifying had been pushed back from its regular time for weather.
Prior to qualifying getting delayed, Kwasniewski was among the top drivers on the speed charts. Once the rain delay was over, Kwasniewski claimed his top spot, making his Nationwide debut off to a good start.
Meanwhile, Kwasniewski gets his rookie year off to a fast start at Daytona. So far, he’s providing one of the many storylines to follow as the season is set to begin.