The 2011 Daytona 500 winner earned the pole for today’s Nationwide Series season opener. Bayne turned the fast lap during qualifying at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, averaging 177.162 mph around the 21/2-mile superspeedway.
Bayne is driving the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, the car Ricky Stenhouse Jr. piloted to the past two championships in the second-tier series.
Former IndyCar champion Sam Hornish Jr. will start second, followed by Parker Kligerman, action sports star Travis Pastrana and Austin Dillon.
Full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch (seventh), Matt Kenseth (ninth), Tony Stewart (10th), Brad Keselowski (11th), Danica Patrick (12th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (13th) and Kasey Kahne (19th) also are entered in Saturday’s 300-mile race.
Kyle Larson, a rising star in NASCAR’s ranks, will start 21st in his Nationwide debut.
TRUCKS SERIES: In Daytona Beach, Fla., Johnny Sauter won the NASCAR Truck Series season opener, his first victory at Daytona International Speedway.
“I can’t believe I’m in Victory Lane in Daytona,” Sauter said.
Sauter led the final 17 laps and held off Kyle Busch before a last-lap wreck forced the 250-mile race to finish under caution.
Busch was second and Ron Hornaday Jr. was third, followed by Justin Lofton, Jeb Burton and Ty Dillon.
MUSCLE CARS: Muscle cars now have their own stamps.
Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty helped dedicate a limited-edition printing of five muscle-car stamps Friday at the Daytona International Speedway. Kyle Petty and PostmasterGeneral Patrick Donahoe also were part of the announcement.
The cars featured are: 1966 Pontiac GTO; the 1967 Ford Shelby GT500; the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona; the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda; and the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.