Group qualifying debuted on Friday at Daytona International Speedway to set the field for the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide series race. Dylan Kwasniewski won the pole position in his first career Nationwide Series start at the age of 18.
The group qualifying was supposed to consist of three sessions. The top 24 from a 25 minute first session would advance and then in session two the top 12 fastest from that session would advance to the third and final round. Unfortunately only the first 25 minute session was able to be completed due to rain at the track.
The first session was delayed by rain with six minutes left but NASCAR dried the track and completed the session before more rain moved in meaning the field would be set by the speeds in the first session since it was completed in its entirety.
Team strategy played into Kwasniewski earning the pole as him and his Turner Scott Motorsports teammates for the race Kyle Larson and Danica Patrick let a large pack of cars pass them and then used a tow from that draft to turn the three fastest laps in the session.
"It's pretty crazy," Kwasniewski said. "To see my name at the top of the board, that's ridiculous. … That's Turner Scott Motorsports' job right there. All we have to do is get in the right place at the right time and the spotters did a great job of getting us in the right position. We got a great run on that pack in front of us, sucked up at the right time."
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