Junior! Earnhardt Jr. wins Daytona 500 pole

By: AP
By: AP

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR is back -- and so is Juniormania.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won pole position for the Daytona 500 with a speed of 186.089 mph in qualifying Sunday.

It's a boost for Earnhardt, who is coming off a disappointing 2010 season and has spent Daytona speedweeks facing questions about the 10-year anniversary of his father's death at the track.

Earnhardt's Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jeff Gordon, qualified second. Having NASCAR's most popular driver lead the field to the green flag next Sunday could provide some traction for a sport looking to pick up sagging television ratings and attendance.

2011 Daytona 500 Qualifying Results:

1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 88 186.089 mph

2 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 24 185.966 mph

3 Trevor Bayne Ford 21 185.445 mph

4 Paul Menard Ford 27 185.422 mph

5 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 33 185.223 mph

6 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 31 185.071 mph

7 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 39 185.003 mph

8 Mark Martin Chevrolet 5 184.991 mph

9 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 14 184.911 mph

10 Greg Biffle Ford 16 184.911 mph

11 Kurt Busch Dodge 22 184.896 mph

12 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 42 184.763 mph

13 Marcos Ambrose Ford 9 184.748 mph

14 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29 184.740 mph

15 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 48 184.687 mph

16 David Ragan Ford 6 184.612 mph

17 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 09 184.532 mph

18 Carl Edwards Ford 99 184.475 mph

19 AJ Allmendinger Ford 43 184.290 mph

20 Travis Kvapil Ford 38 184.271 mph

21 Joe Nemechek Toyota 87 184.222 mph

22 Matt Kenseth Ford 17 184.102 mph

23 David Reutimann Toyota 00 184.019 mph

24 Brad Keselowski Dodge 2 184.008 mph

25 Michael Waltrip Toyota 15 183.966 mph

26 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 36 183.794 mph

27 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 1 183.685 mph

28 Regan Smith Chevrolet 78 183.681 mph

29 Kasey Kahne Toyota 4 183.602 mph

30 Kyle Busch Toyota 18 183.595 mph

31 Bobby Labonte Toyota 47 183.576 mph

32 Brian Vickers Toyota 83 183.557 mph

33 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 56 183.456 mph

34 Joey Logano Toyota 20 183.206 mph

35 Todd Bodine Toyota 60 183.057 mph

36 Kevin Conway Toyota 97 182.949 mph

37 Casey Mears Toyota 13 182.867 mph

38 David Gilliland Ford 34 182.697 mph

39 Steve Wallace Dodge 77 182.574 mph

40 Michael McDowell Toyota 66 182.434 mph

41 Robby Gordon Toyota 7 182.120 mph

42 Terry Labonte Toyota 32 181.492 mph

43 Robert Richardson Jr. Ford 37 181.466 mph

44 Denny Hamlin Toyota 11 181.316 mph

45 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 46 180.977 mph

46 Andy Lally Chevrolet 71 180.828 mph

47 Derrike Cope Toyota 64 177.894 mph

48 Brian Keselowski Dodge 92 177.581 mph


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