|Dale Jr. on pole|
Threatening weather canceled Saturday afternoon's Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway, handing Dale Earnhardt Jr. the No. 1 starting spot for Sunday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Earnhardt, a three-time winner at the 2.5-mile track, will take the green flag first in Sunday's Coke Zero 400 (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). The starting lineup was determined according to the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book, setting the 43-car field according to speeds recorded in Friday's opening practice.
Dark storm clouds and the threat of lightning loomed around the speedway, forcing race officials to place qualifying on hold shortly before its scheduled start time of 4:35 p.m. ET. Track officials evacuated the speedway, asking fans to take appropriate shelter. The two-round session was abandoned at 5:51 p.m. ET.
Earnhardt led opening Sprint Cup practice Friday with a lap of 202.284 mph in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet. He'll start first for the first time since winning the pole position at Dover International Speedway in September 2013.
Austin Dillon, a former Daytona 500 pole winner, will start second Sunday night in the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet. Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five starters for the 17th of 36 races this season.
Several powerhouse teams shied away from practicing in large packs Friday, opting to avoid the risks associated with close-quarters aerodynamic drafts. While many of those avoided the crash at the 10-minute mark of first practice that involved 11 cars, their slower speeds registered in single-car runs will relegate them to the back half of the field.
Kevin Harvick, the defending Sprint Cup Series champion and current points leader, will start 35th in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet. Aric Almirola, last year's Coke Zero 400 winner, will start 37th in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford.
Ryan Blaney and Michael McDowell failed to qualify for the 43-car field.
Lineup for Sunday
|1||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||Chevrolet||NATIONWIDE STARS AND STRIPES|
|2||3||Austin Dillon||Chevrolet||Bass Pro Shops|
|3||15||Clint Bowyer||Toyota||5-Hour Energy|
|4||27||Paul Menard||Chevrolet||Nibco / Menards|
|5||6||Trevor Bayne||Ford||Advocare Ford Fusion|
|6||38||David Gilliland||Ford||Florida Lottery|
|7||47||AJ Allmendinger||Chevrolet||Kroger/Better Than Bouillon|
|8||55||David Ragan||Toyota||Aaron's Dream Machine|
|10||5||Kasey Kahne||Chevrolet||GREAT CLIPS-SHARK WEEK|
|11||9||Sam Hornish Jr||Ford||Twisted Tea|
|12||48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Lowe's Patriotic|
|13||18||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Interstate Batteries|
|14||34||Brett Moffitt||Ford||CSX Play It Safe|
|15||13||Casey Mears||Chevrolet||No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS|
|18||46||Michael Annett||Chevrolet||Pilot Flying J|
|19||20||Matt Kenseth||Toyota||#20 DEWALT Made in USA Toyota Camry|
|20||78||Martin Truex Jr||Chevrolet||Furniture Row/Visser Precision|
|21||51||Justin Allgaier||Chevrolet||TradeMark Nitrogen|
|22||40||Landon Cassill||Chevrolet||Snap Fitness|
|25||16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Cheez-It Ford Fusion|
|26||33||Brian Scott||Chevrolet||Shore Lodge|
|28||41||Kurt Busch||Chevrolet||Haas Automation|
|29||35||Cole Whitt||Ford||Speed Stick|
|30||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||Ford||Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion|
|31||14||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Bass Pro Shops|
|32||2||Brad Keselowski||Ford||Alliance Truck Parts|
|33||22||Joey Logano||Ford||Shell Pennzoil|
|34||4||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Jimmy John's/ Budweiser|
|35||11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Ground|
|37||7||Alex Bowman||Chevrolet||Golden Corral|
|38||32||Bobby Labonte||Ford||C&J Energy Services|
|39||23||J.J. Yeley||Toyota||Dr Pepper|
|41||83||Matt DiBenedetto||Toyota||Dustless Blasting|
|42||98||Josh Wise||Ford||Heat Treating Inc/Royal Teak|