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David Gilliland on pole at Daytona

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Saturday 5th July, 2014 - 9:24am

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David Gilliland celebrates his Daytona pole

David Gilliland celebrates his Daytona pole

David Gilliland has scored a surprise pole position for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona after the drafting game in a rain-abbreviated qualifying session.

Although it is Gilliland’s third pole position of his career, Front Row Motorsports is not considered a major player in the sport, but after winning at Talladega last year with David Ragan, they could once again spring a surprise on the superspeedway.

“You know, the win last year at Talladega was big for David Ragan and I feel like this is our strong suit for our team,” said Gilliland.

“Out there qualifying we knew that anything could happen and Frank Kerr, my crew chief, has worked really hard on this car and it has a lot of speed.

“We are really looking forward to tomorrow.”

In a further turn-up for the books Reed Sorenson qualified second for Tommy Baldwin Racing, followed by Landon Cassill and Bobby Labonte. Jimmie Johnson in fifth was the first best of the regular top runners.

It was the first time the multi-car, knockout-style qualifying has been run at Daytona. The importance of getting into draft was crucial and drivers tried to hang in the back of packs to get the time. The smaller teams which ended up at the front worked the best together to get the positions on the leaderboard.

Ambrose will start from 18th

Ambrose will start from 18th

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start from 18th and was one of many drivers not happy with cat and mouse strategy which included cars crawling around to get position in the pack.

“I was expecting a cluster and that is exactly what we got,” said Ambrose.

“You don’t know what to do. You could be first, you could be 41st, it was totally random.

“How do you plan for something that is random like that? For me, it is not what I am here to do. I am not here to drive around in second gear at Daytona; I am here to go 200 miles per hour.

“I am pleased we got through qualifying and kept it straight. I think we have something for them.”

Joe Nemechek was the only driver who failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

VIDEO: Gilliland speaks after qualifying

 

 QUALIFYING: Coke Zero 400 – Daytona International Speedway

 Pos CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR MPH BEST TIME BEHIND
1 38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stops 199.322 45.153 Leader
2 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Golden Corral 199.221 45.176 –0.023
3 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Newtown Building Supplies 199.194 45.182 –0.029
4 33 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Thunder Coal 198.970 45.233 –0.080
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s Patriotic 198.790 45.274 –0.121
6 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Home Depot Husky 198.776 45.277 –0.124
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 198.697 45.295 –0.142
8 34 David Ragan Ford Farm Rich 198.684 45.298 –0.145
9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi REAL.BIG.SUMMER 198.662 45.303 –0.150
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Stars & Stripes Ford Fusion 198.575 45.323 –0.170
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 198.531 45.333 –0.180
12 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Ducks Unlimited 198.474 45.346 –0.193
13 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 198.470 45.347 –0.194
14 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmer’s Insurance/GI Jobs 198.373 45.369 –0.216
15 43 Aric Almirola Ford United States Air Force 198.234 45.401 –0.248
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Cargill Winn-Dixie Ford Fusion 198.229 45.402 –0.249
17 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Al’s Liner/Scorpion Window Film Toyota 198.116 45.428 –0.275
18 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT-Wounded Warrior Project 198.103 45.431 –0.278
19 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 198.068 45.439 –0.286
20 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet WIX Filters 198.059 45.441 –0.288
21 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Splash / Menards 198.055 45.442 –0.289
22 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 198.042 45.445 –0.292
23 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Bass Pro / NRA Museum 198.033 45.447 –0.294
24 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Scott Products 198.015 45.451 –0.298
25 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 197.994 45.456 –0.303
26 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Alliance Truck Parts 197.850 45.489 –0.336
27 95 Michael McDowell Ford JPO Absorbents 197.820 45.496 –0.343
28 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 197.741 45.514 –0.361
29 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet Florida Lottery / GoDaddy 197.724 45.518 –0.365
30 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s/FSU National Championship 197.364 45.601 –0.448
31 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet AccuDoc Solutions 197.273 45.622 –0.469
32 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 197.217 45.635 –0.482
33 98 Josh Wise Ford Charlie Crist For Florida 197.152 45.650 –0.497
34 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota RK Motors Charlotte 196.975 45.691 –0.538
35 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 196.691 45.757 –0.604
36 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet CESSNA 196.661 45.764 –0.611
37 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 196.070 45.902 –0.749
38 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy Services 195.980 45.923 –0.770
39 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 195.972 45.925 –0.772
40 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 195.776 45.971 –0.818
41 66 Michael Waltrip Toyota RoyalTeakCollection.com 195.372 46.066 –0.913
42 83 Ryan Truex Toyota VooDoo BBQ/Armed Forces Motorsports 193.183 46.588 –1.435
43 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 192.984 46.636 –1.483

 

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