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Rookie Dillon puts 3 car on pole for Daytona 500

Daytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The famed No. 3 made a grand return to the Sprint Cup Series, with rookie Austin Dillon driving the car to a pole win for the Feb. 23 season-opening Daytona 500.

Dillon, the 23-year-old grandson of NASCAR multi-team owner Richard Childress and last year's champion in the Nationwide Series, became the fifth rookie driver to win the pole for the Daytona 500 in the 56-year history of NASCAR's most prestigious race of the season. Dillon grabbed his first career Sprint Cup pole with a lap at 196.019 mph during Sunday's qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.

It was the first time the No. 3 car, made famous by Dale Earnhardt, had been on the racetrack for competition in NASCAR's premier series since the 2001 Daytona 500 when Earnhardt was killed in an accident during the final lap. Richard Childress Racing changed the number of that car from 3 to 29, with Kevin Harvick driving the 29 until the conclusion of the 2013 season.

Earnhardt claimed six of his seven Cup championships and won 67 of his 76 races, including the 1998 Daytona 500, while driving the No. 3 for Childress' team.

Harvick moved from RCR to Stewart-Haas Racing, while Dillon graduated from Nationwide to take over driving duties in the No. 3 in Sprint Cup. Dillon is one of eight drivers competing for the rookie title in the series this year.

Martin Truex Jr., in his first season as driver of the No. 78 car for Furniture Row Racing, secured the second starting spot for the Daytona 500 with a lap at 195.892 mph.

Dillon and Truex are the only drivers who have locked up their starting positions. The remainder of the 43-car field for the Daytona 500 will be determined in Thursday night's twin-qualifying races -- The Budweiser Duel -- at Daytona.

Results from Daytona 500 time trials:

1. Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet) 45.914 secs., 196.019 mph

2. Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Chevrolet) 45.953 secs., 195.892 mph

3. Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford) 45.961 secs., 195.818 mph

4. Carl Edwards (No. 99 Ford) 45.986 secs., 195.712 mph

5. Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet) 45.987 secs., 195.707 mph

6. Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford) 46.084 secs., 195.296 mph

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Chevrolet) 46.104 secs., 195.211 mph

8. Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Chevrolet) 46.144 secs., 195.042 mph

9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford) 46.153 secs., 195.004 mph

10. Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet) 46.173 secs., 194.919 mph

11. Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 Ford) 46.179 secs., 194.894 mph

12. Brian Scott (No. 33 Chevrolet) 46.207 secs., 194.776 mph

13. Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford) 46.235 secs., 194.658 mph

14. Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chevrolet) 46.240 secs., 194.637 mph

15. Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford) 46.253 secs., 194.582 mph

16. Casey Mears (No. 13 Chevrolet) 46.253 secs., 194.582 mph

17. Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota) 46.255 secs., 194.574 mph

18. Michael Annett (No. 7 Chevrolet) 46.255 secs., 194.574 mph

19. Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet) 46.262 secs., 194.544 mph

20. Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Toyota) 46.267 secs., 194.523 mph

21. Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota) 46.272 secs., 194.502 mph

22. Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota) 46.278 secs., 194.477 mph

23. Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet) 46.291 secs., 194.422 mph

24. Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet) 46.294 secs., 194.410 mph

25. Danica Patrick (No. 10 Chevrolet) 46.301 secs., 194.380 mph

26. Trevor Bayne (No. 21 Ford) 46.312 secs., 194.334 mph

27. A.J. Allmendinger (No. 47 Chevrolet) 46.366 secs., 194.108 mph

28. Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet) 46.373 secs., 194.078 mph

29. Reed Sorenson (No. 36 Chevrolet) 46.376 secs., 194.066 mph

30. Justin Allgaier (No. 51 Chevrolet) 46.436 secs., 193.815 mph

31. David Gilliland (No. 38 Ford) 46.455 secs., 193.736 mph

32. Landon Cassill (No. 40 Chevrolet) 46.456 secs., 193.732 mph

33. Parker Kligerman (No. 30 Toyota) 46.489 secs., 193.594 mph

34. Michael Waltrip (No. 66 Toyota) 46.529 secs., 193.428 mph

35. Tony Stewart (No. 14 Chevrolet) 46.544 secs., 193.365 mph

36. Eric McClure (No. 35 Ford) 46.655 secs., 192.905 mph

37. Brian Vickers (No. 55 Toyota) 46.681 secs., 192.798 mph

38. Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet) 46.706 secs., 192.695 mph

39. Cole Whitt (No. 26 Toyota) 46.744 secs., 192.538 mph

40. David Ragan (No. 34 Ford) 46.795 secs., 192.328 mph

41. Michael McDowell (No. 95 Ford) 46.804 secs., 192.291 mph

42. Terry Labonte (No. 32 Ford) 46.842 secs., 192.135 mph

43. Josh Wise (No. 98 Ford) 46.860 secs., 192.061 mph

44. Bobby Labonte (No. 52 Chevrolet) 46.999 secs., 191.493 mph

45. Joe Nemechek (No. 87 Toyota) 47.249 secs., 190.480 mph

46. Ryan Truex (No. 83 Toyota) 47.282 secs., 190.347 mph

47. Alex Bowman (No. 23 Toyota) 47.447 secs., 189.685 mph

48. Morgan Shepherd (No. 93 Toyota) 47.483 secs., 189.542 mph

49. Dave Blaney (No. 77 Ford) No Time, No Speed

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