Rain wreaked havoc on Daytona International Speedway on Friday, but not before David Gilliland earned his first pole since 2007 after qualifying was cut short early for the Coke Zero 400.
Gilliland, who had two career poles before Friday, last started a race in first position at Daytona in 2007. He's still looking for his first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup victory.
Rainy conditions shortened practice on Thursday and led to crashes during the Nationwide Series qualifying earlier Friday. The skies dried up long enough to get in the first of three knockout qualifying sessions, a 25-minute session that saw Gilliland log a winning speed of 199.322 mph.
Starting in second is Reed Sorenson, while Landon Cassill took third. Many big names finished far down in the rankings, as many racers stayed on the course and did lap after lap to build up speed.
The Coke Zero 400 is set to run at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
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