Gilliland wins Coke Zero 400 pole

July 4, 2014 No Comments

Bru7O1iCAAAA9NZBrian Wiggins, Senior Writer 

Front Row Motorsports, despite the name, has never started a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from the front row.

In their history, they have one career win which came last year at Talladega Superspeedway with David Ragan.

The super speedways of NASCAR are the great equalizer. The rule of thumb is that if you bring an OK car with a decent engine, you have a chance to win.

With NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying format being utilized at the super speedways, everything about the Daytona and Talladega weekends are wide-open.

That allowed for David Gilliland and his No.38 team to “go for broke” in qualifying Friday afternoon at Daytona.

While most teams played head games and wanted to find the perfect time to turn a fast lap, Gilliland and a train of “underdogs” took to the track and swept the top-four qualifying positions.

By winning the pole, Gilliland secured the first pole award for Front Row Motorsports and the third of his career. Gilliland’s most recent pole was the 2007 Daytona 500.

Reed Sorenson, Landon Cassill, Bobby Labonte, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top-five starters for Saturday night’s race.

Joe Nemechek, making an attempt for RAB Racing, failed to qualify.

Coke Zero 400 Starting Lineup 

1: David Gilliland

2: Reed Sorenson

3: Landon Cassill

4: Bobby Labonte

5: Jimmie Johnson

6: Matt Kenseth

7: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

8: David Ragan

9: Jeff Gordon

10: Greg Biffle

11: Carl Edwards

12:Tony Stewart

13: Kevin Harvick

14: Kasey Kahne

15: Aric Almirola

16: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

17: Cole Whitt

18: Marcos Ambrose

19: Martin Truex Jr.

20: Ryan Newman

21: Paul Menard

22: Casey Mears

23: Austin Dillon

24: AJ Allmendinger

25: Trevor Bayne

26: Brad Keselowski

27: Michael McDowell

28: Joey Logano

29: Danica Patrick

30: Brian Vickers

31: Justin Allgaier

32: Michael Annett

33: Josh Wise

34: Clint Bowyer

35: Kyle Larson

36: Jamie McMurray

37: Denny Hamlin

38: Terry Labonte

39: Kyle Busch

40: Kurt Busch

41: Michael Waltrip

42: Ryan Truex

43: Alex Bowman


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