Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr share the front row for Daytona 500

2/6/10 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

They went out early for qualifying and set the bar high for everyone else.  Dale Earnhardt Jr held the pole position early on and was only beaten by one - his teammate, Mark Martin, who at 51 surpasses Dale Jarrett's record for being the oldest pole sitter at Daytona.

Ryan Newman in another HMS powered car grabbed the third spot with Bill Elliott in fourth, but of course all the rest of the positions will be thrown out the window.  All that was determined by the rest of the qualifying was where they will start in the Gatorade Twin Duels on Thursday.  After those races are won, the finishing positions will determine most of the actual starting positions for the race.

It is singly the most confusing qualifying effort of all the NASCAR races, but the important part of today is the front row.  Two sentimental favorites will lead the way.
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