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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Earnhardt to start on pole after rain washes out qualifying

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned the pole for Sunday's race at Daytona International Speedway because his crew chief correctly predicted the weather.

Greg Ives instructed Earnhardt to go flat-out at the start of Friday's first practice session because the rules state the field will be set by practice times if a qualifying session is canceled. When rain washed out the Saturday session, Ives proved to be a skilled weatherman.

Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

As of: Toyota/Save Mart 350
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kevin Harvick6161
2Martin Truex Jr.5632
3Joey Logano5593
4Jimmie Johnson5465
5Dale Earnhardt Jr.5454
6Brad Keselowski5056
7Jamie McMurray4977
8Kasey Kahne4839
9Matt Kenseth4798
10Kurt Busch46911
11Jeff Gordon46210
12Paul Menard45212

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