NASCAR- DAYTONA:Bayne opens on Nationwide pole

The Associated PressFebruary 22, 2013 

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— Trevor Bayne has his Nationwide ride exactly where it ended the past two seasons: in front of the field.

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.

“This whole team, I’ve been talking them up all offseason, but that’s because they deserve it,” said Bayne, the surprise 2011 Daytona 500 winner.

“This group of guys, they’ve won two championships in a row, and that’s for a reason.”

Former IndyCar champion Sam Hornish Jr. will start second, followed by Parker Kligerman, action sports star Travis Pastrana and Austin Dillon.

Irmo native and USC alumnus Danny Efland will start from the 38th spot.

Full-time Sprint Cup 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 today’s 300-mile race.

Sauter takes Trucks opener

At Daytona Beach, Fla., Johnny Sauter has won the NASCAR Truck Series season opener, his first victory at Daytona International Speedway.

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

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1:15 p.m. today, ESPN

At Daytona International Speedway

Pos.No.DriverCarSpeed
1.6Trevor BayneFord177.162
2.12Sam Hornish, Jr..Ford176.869
3.77Parker KligermanToyota176.8
4.60Travis PastranaFord176.637
5.3Austin DillonChevy176.401
6.11Elliott SadlerToyota176.367
7.54Kyle BuschToyota176.367
8.99Alex BowmanToyota176.339
9.18Matt KensethToyota176.325
10.33Tony StewartChevy176.322
11.22Brad KeselowskiFord176.322
12.34Danica PatrickChevy176.239
13.88Dale Earnhardt Jr.Chevy176.225
14.31Justin AllgaierChevy176.201
15.7Regan SmithChevy176.174
16.10Jeff GreenToyota175.915
17.30Nelson Piquet Jr.Chevy175.895
18.55Jamie DickChevy175.798
19.5Kasey KahneChevy175.774
20.20Brian VickersToyota175.723
21.32Kyle LarsonChevy175.706
22.43Michael AnnettFord175.555
23.01Mike WallaceChevy175.421
24.8Scott Lagasse Jr.Chevy175.24
25.70Johanna LongChevy175.223
26.19Mike BlissToyota175.097
27.74Mike HarmonDodge174.985
28.14Eric McClureToyota174.978
29.2Brian ScottChevy174.927
30.23Robert RichardsonChevy174.317
31.79Jeffrey EarnhardtFord174.311
32.44Hal MartinToyota174.037
33.87Joe NemechekToyota174.017
34.24Blake KochToyota173.374
35.00Jason WhiteToyota173.314
36.15Juan Carlos BlumFord172.397
37.51Jeremy ClementsChevyPoints
38. 4 Danny EflandChevyPoints
39.40Reed SorensonChevyPoints
40.1Kurt BuschChevy174.978

Daytona 500

1 p.m. Sunday, FOX

At Daytona International Speedway

Pos.No.DriverCarSpeed
1.10Danica PatrickChevy196.434
2.24Jeff GordonChevy196.292
3.29Kevin HarvickChevy194.742
4.18Kyle BuschToyota195.767
5.16Greg BiffleFord194.729
6.5Kasey KahneChevy195.852
7.42J. Pablo MontoyaChevy195.508
8.33Austin DillonChevy195.385
9.48Jimmie JohnsonChevy195.084
10.15Clint BowyerToyota195.228
11.78Kurt BuschChevy193.657
12.20Matt KensethToyota195.725
13.14Tony StewartChevy195.925
14.55Mark MartinToyota194.683
15.2Brad KeselowskiFord194.961
16.27Paul MenardChevy195.503
17.13Casey MearsFord195.495
18.31Jeff BurtonChevy195.156
19.88Dale Earnhardt Jr.Chevy195.584
20.1Jamie McMurrayChevy195.042
21.22Joey LoganoFord195.767
22.34David RaganFord194.616
23.47Bobby LabonteToyota192.563
24.9Marcos AmbroseFord194.793
25.38David GillilandFord194.654
26.43Aric AlmirolaFord194.742
27.87Joe NemechekToyota190.046
28.17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Ford195.537
29.26Michael WaltripToyota194.313
30.7Dave BlaneyChevy192.996
31.95Scott SpeedFord193.54
32.35Josh WiseFord194.254
33.21Trevor BayneFord195.976
34.39Ryan NewmanChevy195.946
35.11Denny HamlinToyota195.771
36.99Carl EdwardsFord195.24
37.56Martin Truex Jr.Toyota195.207
38.98Michael McDowellFord193.544
39.32Terry LabonteFord193.515
40.51Regan SmithChevy193.096
41.36J.J. YeleyChevy192.094
42.83David ReutimannToyota190.339
43.93Travis KvapilToyota190.142

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