DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Martin Truex Jr. has won the pole for
the season-opening Daytona 500, while sentimental favorite Mark
Martin qualified second.
Truex and Martin locked in their spots during Sunday's qualifying at Daytona International Speedway. Only the top two spots were secured under the complicated qualifying process for the Feb. 15 race, and the rest of the field will be set by a pair of 150-mile races Thursday.
Truex earned the pole by turning a lap at 188.001 mph in a Chevrolet for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
Martin turned a lap at 187.817 in a Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. The 50-year-old veteran is returning to full-time racing this season after running a partial schedule the past two years.