Jarrett takes Daytona pole

In front of mostly empty stands Dale Jarrett claimed the Daytona 500 pole for the third time yesterday, just ahead of Jimmie Johnson, in the opening salvo of Speed Weeks.

Jarrett takes Daytona pole

Jarrett clinched pole with a time of 47.793 seconds, three hundredths ahead of Johnson. Jeff Gordon, the fastest man in practice on Saturday and highly touted to take the top slot, could only manage to a time 47.833 seconds.

The first two spots lock up the front row for the race - for the remainder of the field there are two 150 mile races on Thursday to look forward to. The 43 car race field will be made up of the 35 top teams in car owner points, the four fastest drivers from yesterday not among those 35, and the top two non-qualifiers from each of this Thursday's races.

The lack of any meaningful results from the session may have been a large reason for the almost non-existent crowd at the track, although the lack of any other racing certainly didn't help.

Questioned on the lack of crowd to witness his achievement, Jarrett laughed: "Unless I missed something, watching those cars go around there two laps at a time is not very exciting! I don't know how long that took - six or eight hours? I watched three basketball games and a golf tournament while it was going on."

Dale Jarrett, No. 88 UPS Ford, 47.793sec/188.312mph
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, 47.829/188.170
Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, 47.833/188.155
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet, 47.894/187.915
Joe Nemechek, No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet, 47.914/187.837
Scott Riggs, No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet, 47.934/187.758
Jason Leffler, No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet, 47.945/187.715
Kurt Busch, No. 97 Crown Royal Ford, 47.949/187.699
Ricky Rudd, No. 21 Motorcraft Ford, 48.022/187.414
Elliott Sadler, No. 38 M&Ms Ford, 48.026/187.398
Boris Said, No. 36 Centrix Chevrolet, 48.097/187.122
Kyle Petty, No. 45 Georgia-Pacific Dodge, 48.135/186.974
Mike Skinner, No. 23 Dodge, 48.192/186.753
Greg Biffle, No. 16 National Guard Ford, 48.235/186.587
Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, 48.257/186.501
Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet, 48.261/186.486
Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Havoline Dodge, 48.284/186.397
John Andretti, No. 14 VB/APlus Ford, 48.303/186.324
Jeff Burton, No. 31 Cingular Chevrolet, 48.317/186.270
Mike Bliss, No. 0 NetZero Chevrolet, 48.319/186.262
Rusty Wallace, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, 48.348/186.150
Jeremy Mayfield, No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, 48.350/186.143
Mark Martin, No. 6 Viagra Ford, 48.355/186.123
Bobby Labonte, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet, 48.358/186.112
Carl Edwards, No. 99 Scott's Ford, 48.375/186.047
Mike Wallace, No. 4 Lucas Oil Chevrolet, 48.411/185.908
Scott Wimmer, No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge, 48.441/185.793
Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet, 48.465/185.701
Ryan Newman, No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge, 48.476/185.659
Dave Blaney, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet, 48.482/185.636
Martin Truex, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, 48.498/185.575
Kerry Earnhardt, No. 33 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, 48.517/185.502
Michael Waltrip, No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet, 48.531/185.448
Sterling Marlin, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge, 48.532/185.445
Casey Mears, No. 41 Target Dodge, 48.570/185.300
Brian Vickers, No. 25 GMAC Chevrolet, 48.586/185.239
Ken Schrader, No. 49 Schwan's Doge, 48.620/185.109
Robby Gordon, No. 7 Jim Beam Chevrolet, 48.672/184.911
Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet, 48.678/184.888
Kenny Wallace, No. 00 Aaron'sChevrolet, 48.727/184.703
Kirk Shelmerdine, No. 27 goldenpalace.com Ford, 48.737/184.665
Johnny Sauter, No. 09 Miccosukee Resorts Dodge, 48.773/184.528
Kevin Lepage, No. 37 Dodge, 48.807/184.400
Hermie Sadler, No. 66 Peak Fitness Ford, 48.857/184.211
Eric McClure, No. 83 ARC DeHooker Chevrolet, 48.923/183.963
Matt Kenseth, No. 17 DeWalt Tools Ford, 49.048/183.494
Travis Kvapil, No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge, 49.069/183.415
Stanton Barrett, No. 92 First Trust Chevrolet, 49.154/183.098
Greg Sacks, No. 13 Dodge, 49.174/183.024
Bobby Hamilton Jr., No. 32 Tide Chevrolet, 49.183/182.990
Morgan Shepherd, No. 89 Victory in Jesus Dodge, 49.237/182.789
Derrike Cope, No. 55 SWAT Fitness Chevrolet, 49.376/182.275
Randy LaJoie, No. 34 Chevrolet, 49.680/181.159
Larry Gunselman, No. 52 rpo30.com Ford, 50.446/178.409
Geoff Bodine, No. 93 Chevrolet, 40.823/177.085
Andy Belmont, No. 80 Bootie Lager Ford, 51.522/174.683
Jeff Green, No. 43 Cheerios Dodge, DNF

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