Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sets New Track Record
For the second time this year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has set fast time in qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Earnhardt Jr. won the pole position for the start of Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway with a record speed of 161.849 mph – breaking the old track which had been held since 2004 by Jeremy Mayfield. This is Junior’s 13th career pole but first at Dover.
After the first two Chase races, Earnhardt sits in 11th place in the driver point standings so he is looking for a win or at least a strong showing at the Monster Mile to try to stay in contention for the Championship – no matter how much of a long shot that might be.
Points leader Matt Kenseth just missed the pole by .006 seconds and will start alongside Earnhardt on the front row for Sunday’s race. Kenseth and teammate Kyle Busch dominated the first two Chase races by finishing first and second respectively, in both races.
Here is where the other Chase contenders will be starting on Sunday: Ryan Newman (3rd), Carl Edwards (4th), Jimmie Johnson (8th), Kurt Busch (9th), Joey Logano (11th), Kevin Harvick (12th), Kyle Busch (14th), Jeff Gordon (16th), Greg Biffle (19th), Kasey Kahne (20th) and Clint Bowyer (23rd).
Here is complete race lineup.