Richard Childress says Danica is favorite for the Daytona 500 Pole
Tony Stewart is out first when qualifying gets underway, so he will have the pole position for at least a couple of beats, and Danica goes out 8th. The track conditions can change as qualifying progresses, so whatever time she posts may or may not hold up.
Remember though, we are only qualifying the top two positions today, effectively making up the front row. The whole qualifying procedure is rather convoluted, but once today is done, we will have out lineups for the Duels The rules have changed slightly this year (honestly, it seems everything has changed this year). In the case of the top 35 rule, however, the change is long needed. We'll go into that rule more this week on "Start Your Engines" but suffice to say the fastest 36 cars will now be in, no matter or their position in the points.
However, for the Duels, the setting of the starting positions for the first and second Duels will remain the same. We will know who is in the first Duel and who is in the second Duel by the end of qualifying today.
When we get to the Duels on Thursday night, we'll examine how the starting positions for the 500 are determined. For today, however, we can just watch the teams qualify.
Chime in if you aren't watching NBA All-Star stuff (if there is any) or celebrating Hockey Day in America. Qualifying can be fun!