David Gilliland stunned the NASCAR world on Friday evening as he gave his race team, Front Row Motorsports, their first pole by turning the fastest lap in qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. It's Gilliland's third career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole and his first since the 2007 Daytona 500. Only one round of qualifying was ran as rained canceled the last two sessions.
Starting alongside Gilliland is Reed Sorenson. It's Sorenson's best career start since the 2007 Brickyard 400 in which Sorenson took the pole that afternoon. Landon Cassill will start third for his best career start and Bobby Labonte will roll off from the fourth position. It's Labonte's best start since June 2008 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Labonte is driving the #33 Chevrolet for Circle Sport Racing this weekend. Those four drivers hit the perfect draft during the 25 minute first round of qualifying.
Starting in the fifth position is Jimmie Johnson with Matt Kenseth alongside in the sixth position. Starting in the seventh spot is Dale Earnhardt Jr with David Ragan starting in the eighth position. Starting in the ninth spot is Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle will start tenth.
Carl Edwards will start from the 11th position with Tony Stewart starting in the 12th spot. Starting in the 13th position is Kevin Harvick with Kasey Kahne starting in the 14th position. Aric Almirola will start from the 15th spot with Ricky Stenhouse Jr starting in the 16th spot. Cole Whitt will start 17th with Marcos Ambrose starting 18th. Martin Truex Jr will start 19th with Ryan Newman rolling off 20th. Paul Menard will start 21st with Casey Mears starting 22nd and Austin Dillon 23rd. AJ Allmendinger will round out the top 24.
Other notables in the field include Trevor Bayne in 25th, Brad Keselowski in 26th, Joey Logano in 28th and Danica Patrick in 29th. Brian Vickers will start 30th with Clint Bowyer starting 34th and Kyle Larson 35th. Jamie McMurray will start from the 36th spot with Denny Hamlin starting 37th and Kyle Busch starting 39th. Kurt Busch will start 40th and Michael Waltrip will start 41st.
There were 44 entries for 43 spots meaning one driver went home. That driver was Joe Nemechek, who was driving a #29 entry for RAB Racing. That team was attempting to make their Sprint Cup Series debut.Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola, David Gilliland, Daytona International Speedway, Front Row Motorsports, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series