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Daytona 500 -
Daytona Intl. Speedway

Jeff Gordon initially qualified as the sixth fastest driver in first round qualifying at Daytona with a lap of 182.747 mph (49.322 sec).

Bill Elliott, in one of the new Dodges fielded by former Gordon crew chief Ray Evernham, grabbed the pole for the event with a speed of 183.565 mph. Stacy Compton, another Dodge driver, will start beside him in the front row after Jeff's team mate Jerry Nadeau's run was disallowed because of a rules violation. This disqualification of Nadeau made Gordon fifth fastest.

However, only the top-two spots are set for the Daytona 500. The Twin 125 qualifying races will be held on Thursday, and will set the field for positions 3-30. The qualifiers from first round who qualified in an odd position will start in the first 125, those in the even positions will race in the second 125.

Jeff will start third in the first 125, behind pole-sitter Elliott, and third-place qualifier Dale Jarrett. If he finishes first in this race besides Bill Elliott, Jeff will start the Daytona 500 in third place. If he finishes second, he will start the 500 in fifth, and so on.

The first Gatorade 125-mile qualifying race will start at 1 pm EST, with the second immediately following. You can watch the race on FOX Sports Net, listen on MRN, or follow along with live timing and scoring on Whatever you do, check out the Jeff Gordon Garage Thursday night for a complete race run-down.


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