Chevy at Daytona
Bowtie Battle To The Finish
Larry Jewett - February 21, 2014 09:08 AM
Austin Dillon (right), driver of the #3 DOW/Cheerios Chevrolet SS, celebrates winning the pole; and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet SS, celebrates winning a front row position, during qualifying Sunday, February 16, 2014 for next Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.HHP/Rusty Jarrett for Chevy Racing
When the green flag flew on the annual Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon, it was a row of Chevy racers leading them to the start.
Austin Dillon and Martin Truex Jr. had eraned the right through qualifying while the rest of the field determined the starting lineup by their respective finishes in a pair of qualifying races.
Since Toyotas won the qualifying races, they earned the second row. From there, Chevrolet dominated the top 10 starting spots as five of the remaining six positions were filled by Chevrolet.
More than half of the drivers in the 43-car field were using Chevrolet power and performance to start the race. When the checkered and caution waved after a long rain delay, it was Chevrolet at the front of the field. Dale Earnhardt Jr. picked up a win in The Great American Race, ending a long personal winning drought that had seen a number of runner-up finishes.
Two more Chevy drivers, Jeff Gordon and defending race winner Jimmie Johnson, were in the top 5. Polesitter Austin Dillon, who brought the number 3 back into competition for Richard Childress Racing, finished ninth. Casey Mears was the fifth Chevy in the top 10.
Chevy drivers hope to continue their success at the next NASCAR event, which will be held at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2.