Austin Dillon draws pole for Clash


ARCA rules mandate a green-flag race finish, thus, a second OT. "I just kind of aimed it".

Instead it was all business when Danica Patrick talked to the media Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the Daytona 500, her final scheduled NASCAR start.

Dillon earned the pole through a random draw conducted Saturday night.

Of course, with the Daytona 500 still a week away things can change and Patrick admits that her feelings may differ by the time the February 18 race rolls around.

The practice was the final one before Daytona 500 qualifying Sunday at 12:15 p.m. ET (FOX).

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Rounding out the top 10 were the Fords of Paul Menard (201.027mph) and Trevor Bayne (200.378mph), Daniel Suarez (200.227mph), Ryan Blaney (199.751mph) and Michael McDowell (199.486mph). The "throwback" promotion at Darlington, complete with retro paint schemes, has been wildly popular for the last three years, and this move is a logical step for this race after going back to the "Clash" name a season ago.

David Ragan rounded out the top five in the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford. "That's really my hope for the Daytona 500".

Prior to the Lucas Oil 200, NASCAR was on-track for the first time this year with one practice session for the Advance Auto Parts Clash and two for the 60th annual DAYTONA 500, set for February 18.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie William Byron led the final practice round before Daytona 500 qualifying Saturday, circling Daytona International Speedway at 201.681 miles per hour in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

A combination of qualifying on Sunday and the finishing order of the Duels heats on Thursday will determine the starting lineup for the 60th annual Daytona 500. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway's mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.