Dale Earnhardt Jr. earns NASCAR Cup pole in what could be his Daytona finale – Los Angeles Times

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement tour is making an emotional stop at NASCAR’s most famous track.

Earnhardt won his first pole Friday since Sept. 29, 2013, and will lead the field to the green flag in what could be his final Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Earnhardt reached 190.973 mph during his fast lap, putting his No. 88 Chevrolet in the top spot for the Saturday night race. The pole also earned Earnhardt an automatic spot in the exhibition Clash at Daytona in 2018, giving him an opportunity to cut his impending retirement short and get back behind the wheel at the famed track for Speedweeks.

“I’ll talk to my boss and see what he has in the shed,” Earnhardt quipped.

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