Feb 15, 2014; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon during practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Dillon Wins Pole for Daytona 500

It’s something that seemingly only could be scripted in the movies — rookie Austin Dillon, the grandson of race team owner Richard Childress, has won the pole position for next week’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Raceaway.

Dillon won the pole position with a fastest lap time of of 196.019 mph. Martin Truex Jr. will start second after posting a 195.852 mph lap.

You make be asking why a rookie winning the pole position is something incredible to which the answer is simple — this particular rookie is driving the fabled No. 3 Chevrolet that was made famous by the late, great Dale Earnhardt.

The No. 3 car hasn’t been driven in the main NASCAR Sprint Cup series since Earnhardt tragically passed away following a crash at the 2001 Daytona 500. Childress brought the number out of retirement because he felt that his grandson was capable of carrying on the tradition of the No. 3 car.

The Daytona 500 takes place next Sunday at 1pm of Fox.

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