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Armstrong gets Daytona pole in rain-shortened qualifying session

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Rain marred NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Friday at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for Friday night's Subway Firecracker 250, with sudden rain causing a nine-car wreck in what was supposed to be the first of three rounds of qualifying. Additional rain cancelled the remainder of the qualifying session. In the end, Dakoda Armstrong claimed his first-career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole on Friday with a 46.845-second/192.123 mph lap in the shortened qualifying session. He'll be joined on the front row by Trevor Bayne.

Cars involved in the wreck included those of Mike Bliss, Eric McClure, Joe Nemechek, Benny Gordon, Ross Chastain, Scott Lagasse Jr., Matt DiBenedetto, Blake Koch and Robert Richardson Jr.

Bayne's Roush Fenway Racing teammate Chris Buescher was third fastest in the final round to claim one of the second-row starting spots. Roush Fenway Racing claimed three of the top-four starting spots, with Ryan Reed qualifying fourth to join Buescher in row two.

Kyle Busch was the fastest of the non-championship-eligible drivers in the final round of qualifying, qualifying fifth. Three drivers not earning Nationwide points qualified in the top-10. Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Darrell Wallace Jr., a regular in the Camping World Truck Series, qualified ninth. Sprint Cup regular Kyle Larson was 10th.

Nationwide Series points leader Elliott Sadler qualified sixth. The JR Motorsports duo of Chase Elliott and Regan Smith were seventh and eighth.

Forty-five drivers made qualifying runs to attempt to qualify for the 40 available spots on the starting grid. Drivers who failed to make the race include Gordon, Koch, Tommy Joe Martins, DiBenedetto and Bobby Gerhart.

The Firecracker 250 is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET, weather permitting. It may be seen live on ESPN2.

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