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Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Grabs Pole, Jeff Gordon Alongside Him

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole on Sunday for this week's Daytona 500 with a lap of 48.36 seconds (186.089 mph) in his National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet. Jeff Gordon will start on the outside of row one in his Drive to End Hunger Chevy with a speed of 185.966 mph. The Earnhardt-Gordon front row represents a sweep for Hendrick Motorsports. For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the pole represents a grand start to 2011 after a disappointing 2010 campaign that saw his winless streak extended to 93 races. It's Earnhardt's first pole since March 2010 at Atlanta. In the offseason, three of the four drivers at HMS were moved to different teams in an attempt to improve the performance of all the teams. For 2011, Earnhardt has been paired with Steve Letarte, wh...

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