BUSCH: Yeley earns first career pole at Daytona

JJ Yeley earned his first Busch series pole at Daytona International Speedway for the season opening Hershey's Kissables 300. Yeley piloting the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet posted a lap of 183.094 which eclipsed the rest of the...

JJ Yeley earned his first Busch series pole at Daytona International Speedway for the season opening Hershey's Kissables 300. Yeley piloting the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet posted a lap of 183.094 which eclipsed the rest of the field.

"Man, it was scary," said Yeley of his lap. "I was just trying to get up enough courage to hold the thing wide open.the car was excellent when we unloaded, we didn't really do that much to it since we have been here."

Yeley, who also drives the No. 18 Cup series car for Gibbs, is on deck to run a full Busch and Cup schedule for the organization this year.

"I am going to have a really good race car here for tomorrow."

Aaron Fike toured the 2.5-mile speedway with the second best time, charting a lap of 182.934 mph.

"We had a really good lap," said Fike. "Ray Evernham has stepped on board to help us with our engine program this year. That is going to be the greatest advantage to this team; we were really down on horsepower last year."

Clint Bowyer, Johnny Sauter and John Andretti complete the top five times.

"We just wanted to get through the first five races," said Andretti, who oddly enough is running for Busch series rookie of the year. "Roush/Yates engines were great; the 22 team came over last week and helped us get things done. It's a bit of a surprise to be that high up and be the highest qualifying Ford."

Eighteen Cup drivers are set to race in Saturday's Busch series opener but favorites Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart did poorly in time-trials. Earnhardt starts 20th and Stewart 16th.

Forty-nine cars attempted to make the forty-three car field; failing to make the show were Kertus Davis, Chad Chaffin, Larry Hollenbeck, Kevin LePage, Jay Sauter and Chris Wimmer.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Tony Stewart , Jay Sauter , Johnny Sauter , Larry Hollenbeck , Chad Chaffin , Ray Evernham , Aaron Fike , Kertus Davis , Clint Bowyer , Chris Wimmer
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing