Rain shortens Nationwide qualifying, puts Armstrong on the pole for tonight
Ford sweeps the top three spots
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- In most locations, what happened at Daytona International Speedway this afternoon would be called a “freak” shower, but those of us who live in Florida know that this time of the year, a quick, localized rain shower in the afternoon during summer is more of a likelihood than a surprise.
And that’s what happened during NASCAR Nationwide qualifying, with a localized shower soaking a portion of the track, causing a multi-car crash. In the end, NASCAR called qualifying, and sent Richard Petty Motorsports driver Dakoda Armstrong to the pole for the Subway Firecracker 250 tonight. Armstrong set the fastest lap in his Ford at 192.123 mph. It’s his first pole in 23 races, and his second top-10 start this year. Former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne was second, and Chris Buscher was third, all in Fords.
Armstrong, 22, drives the number 43 the Fresh from Florida Ford Mustang for Petty and crew chief Phillippe Lopez.
Going home: Benny Gordon, Blake Koch, Tommy Joe Matrins, Matt DiBenedetto and Bobby Gerhart.
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