BUSCH: Bliss on pole at Daytona

Mike Bliss in the No. 20 Chevrolet scored the pole for the NASCAR Busch Series event at Daytona International Speedway. It is Bliss' second career pole; the first came at Las Vegas earlier this season. "The strongest cars are usually Childress...

Mike Bliss in the No. 20 Chevrolet scored the pole for the NASCAR Busch Series event at Daytona International Speedway. It is Bliss' second career pole; the first came at Las Vegas earlier this season.

"The strongest cars are usually Childress and the DEI cars," commented Bliss. "I was surprised they didn't run quicker.

"It surprised me how fast we went. We seem to be handling better; we have always qualified pretty good here."

It's great momentum for Bliss' team, who has experienced bad luck all season long.

In the two Busch events that have been run under the lights at Daytona, both have been won from the pole position.

"I hope I make it to the first lap," said Bliss. "At least leading the first lap."

The first row was pretty much a surprise as Bliss' lap of 181.969 mph bested the field, and Robert Pressley set the outside pole with a lap of 181. 862 mph.

Kevin Harvick earned his third third-place start at Daytona in the Busch series event.

"Everything is really good," said Harvick. "We are pretty fortunate to have the equipment that we have when we come to superspeedways. We had two great practices today, and we did it all in race trim, and never made a qualifying lap. It's a lot better that way, and a big time saver."

Robby Gordon and Ron Hornaday complete the top five.

"That was a great effort for us," said Gordon. "I wish I could have gotten the pole, but we'll take a top-five start."

Surprisingly, the DEI power plants of Martin Truex, Jr. and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. garnered a disappointing 6th and 12th respectively. Earnhardt won both the Busch and Cup event at Daytona in February.

The No. 46 of Ashton Lewis, Jr. failed inspection and will have to surrender his 15th place qualifying effort. His left rear quarter panel was judged too low in post time-trial inspection and his time disallowed. Lewis will grab the first provisional spot in 39th.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Kevin Harvick , Robby Gordon , Robert Pressley , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Mike Bliss , Martin Truex Jr. , Ashton Lewis