Dale Junior qualified third today for the Daytona 500. The Diet Mountain Dew car was the fastest Chevrolet. All other races this would mean Earnhardt Jr would start the race in the second row. By qualifying third at Daytona it means he will start in the first row of the first of the Gatorade Duels on Thursday afternoon without a starting spot in the 500 being decided as only the top two fastest cars earn their spots in the 500 during qualifying. He is locked into the Daytona 500 by virtue of finishing in the top 35 in last years standings – he was seventh.
With a car this fast I would look for Junior to earn a very good starting spot during his Duel heat.
Last night he looked like his old self and today his 500 car was very stout. I am starting to get real excited about his prospects next Sunday.
Can you say? Dale Earnhardt Jr – two time champion of the Daytona 500!
If not you may want to practice before now and next Sunday.