Paul Menard gets pole for Sprint Unlimited, Dale Earnhardt Jr., starting 24th


Paul Menard will start on the pole for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.

The starting lineup was set by a blind draw Friday.

Defending Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt will start 24th in the 25-car field. Kyle Larson, last year’s Sprint Cup rookie of the year, starts last. Denny Hamlin, who won this event last year, starts ninth.

Kasey Kahne starts second, joining Menard on the front row. Team Penske’s Joey Logano (third) and Brad Keselowski (fourth) occupy the second row. Kyle Busch starts fifth.


Sprint Unlimited Starting Lineup

1. Paul Menard

2. Kasey Kahne

3. Joey Logano

4. Brad Keselowski

5. Kyle Busch

6. Austin Dillon

7. Greg Biffle

8. Kevin Harvick

9. Denny Hamlin

10. Martin Truex Jr.

11. Jeff Gordon

12. Ryan Newman

13. Kurt Busch

14. Carl Edwards

15. Danica Patrick

16. Matt Kenseth

17. Jimmie Johnson

18. Clint Bowyer

19. Aric Almirola

20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

21. Jamie McMurray

22. Tony Stewart

23. Casey Mears

24. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

25. Kyle Larson