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Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets pole at Daytona after rain washes out qualifying for Sunday's race

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. walks along pit road at Daytona International Speedway prior to  NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing series qualifying, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. walks along pit road at Daytona International Speedway prior to NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing series qualifying, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)  (The Associated Press)

  • Storm clouds roll in over the Daytona International Speedway during a weather delay for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing series qualifying, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Storm clouds roll in over the Daytona International Speedway during a weather delay for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing series qualifying, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)  (The Associated Press)

  • Race fans take photos of NASCAR auto race driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, as he walks to the media center for a news conference at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    Race fans take photos of NASCAR auto race driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, as he walks to the media center for a news conference at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)  (The Associated Press)

Rain washed out qualifying for Sunday night's race at Daytona International Speedway, where the field was set by practice times.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start from the pole because he was fastest in Friday's first practice session. NASCAR's most popular driver deliberately ran a very fast lap because his crew chief anticipated rain could interrupt qualifying on Saturday.

The decision was correct as the session never began on Saturday.

Austin Dillon will start second.

Jeff Gordon will start 24th in his final race at Daytona. The four-time NASCAR champion is retiring at the end of the year and said he was disappointed he didn't get a chance to qualify Saturday. Gordon won the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500 and the May race at Talladega.