Mother Nature washed out second- and third-round qualifying for both the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, as the fields for both races were set based on the first-round speeds of drivers. While Joe Gibbs Racing’s three teams qualified in the top 10 for the Nationwide Series race, two teams didn’t fare as well in Cup Series qualifying.
Kyle Busch and Elliott Sadler make up Row Three in the Nationwide Series race scheduled for Friday night. Busch, in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry, qualified fifth with a speed of 191.274 mph (47.053 seconds), while Sadler starts sixth in the No. 11 SportClips Toyota after a lap of 191.168 mph (47.079 seconds). Darrell Wallace Jr., in the No. 20 Share a Coke Toyota, starts ninth after a lap of 191.014 mph (47.117 seconds) in his first Nationwide Series qualifying attempt at Daytona.
Dakoda Armstrong starts on the pole in Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250, with Trevor Bayne on the outside pole. Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed make up Row Two.
Matt Kenseth will start sixth in the No. 20 Home Depot/Husky Tools Toyota Camry on Saturday night at Daytona after a lap of 198.776 mph (45.277 seconds), but his JGR teammates didn’t crack the top 36. Denny Hamlin will start 37th in the No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota after his lap of 196.070 mph (45.902 seconds), while Busch starts the Coke Zero 400 from the 39th position in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries All Battery Center Toyota after his fastest lap of 195.972 mph (45.925 seconds).
David Gilliland and Reed Sorenson make up the front row for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400.
The Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 goes green Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Cup Series Coke Zero 400 goes green Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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