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Gilliland gets pole in rain-shortened qualifying session at Daytona

The #38 Ford Fusion, driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, David Gilliland.
The #38 Ford Fusion, driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, David Gilliland.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (WTVB) - David Gilliland got a lot of help from Mother Nature to win Friday's qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. This was the first time NASCAR's new knockout-style of qualifying was used for a Sprint Cup Series race on the superspeedway at Daytona. But after the completion of the opening 25-minute round, rain fell on the track and forced NASCAR officials to call off the second and third rounds.  Gilliland set the fastest lap in the initial round while Reed Sorenson qualified second. Landon Cassill took the third spot and Bobby Labonte, making just his second start this season, was fourth. The top-four finishers in qualifying all drive for underfunded teams in the series. We’ll have all the action from Daytona live on the radio with the coverage of tonight’s race on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 WTVB beginning at 6:30. 

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